Room to move is a boon
TRAINER Gerald Ryan hopes a roomier track and increase in distance will provide Why Juno with the right formula to return to the winners' list at Grafton today.
The three-year-old gelding lines up in the WHK Class 1 Hcp (1400m) with talented Gold Coast-based non-claiming apprentice Bradley Wallace in the saddle.
Based at Ryan's satellite stable at Murwillumbah under Mattie Dunn, Why Juno resumed with a fast finishing third to Amber Ale and Turenne over 1200m at Ipswich on April 15 following a 135-day break.
“He didn't get much galloping room in the straight after getting back early and had to weave between runners,” Ryan said. “He's one of those horses who tends to get back in his races and needs luck.
“Stepping up to 1400 metres and at Grafton, a track we think he will appreciate, hopefully he can make his own luck.”
Owned by the Gold Coast-based Schmidt family, Why Juno's only win in six starts came in a 1400m Gold Coast maiden back in October last year.
Ryan admits to be slightly perplexed by the son of Grandera.
“Originally I thought he'd run a journey, now, I'm not so sure,” Ryan said.
“He might be one of those horses suited to 1400 metres or a mile (1600m).
“We'll find out more (today).
“Matt (Dunn) has been happy with him, he's improved fitness-wise and while he's no star, we're hoping he can run good (today) and progress through his grades.”
Ryan also has good prospects with Ruby's Epic in the XXXX Gold 2YO Country Plate (1200m).
The Rock Of Gibraltar filly faces a strong line-up of juveniles.
Ruby's Epic made her debut when 2½ lengths third to Carlson's Felt and Easy Successful in an 1100m maiden at Ipswich on April 15.
“She didn't begin cleanly, got back but hit the line strongly,” Ryan said.
“It was a nice effort.
“Her run probably peaked just short of the post but stepping up to 1200 metres with added fitness on her side will help.”