Ryan’s sprinter proved he was better than a handicapper when landing a Group 3 last season and finishing third in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint
TRAINER Kevin Ryan is hoping for a big season from Brando after his smart sprinter gets underway in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.
Ryan’s gelding progressed from handicaps to be a Group-race performer in 2016, winning the Group 3 Coral Charge at Sandown and ending with an excellent third behind The Tin Man in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint.
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“He’s in good form. It’s his first run of the year and it’s a good starting point,” said Ryan.
Tasleet was off for seven months after suffering an injury after winning the Greenham Stakes at Newbury last April.
William Haggas expects Tasleet to do himself justice, but the Newmarket handler believes he may find one or two rivals too good.
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“He got an injury after the Greenham and missed the whole of the season, really,” Haggas told At The Races.
“He’s the most charming horse. He’s not very big, but he’s terribly genuine and he will run a good race.
“He probably wants seven furlongs and Brando will be hard to beat.
“An ex-horse of mine, Ornate, is a strong, galloping horse. I’m sure he’ll go off and lead and we’ll follow him and see what happens.
“It’s a Group race and it’s his first race for a while, so while I expect him to run very well, if he doesn’t win I won’t be surprised.”
Brian Meehan had hoped to give Windfast his first run of the season at Bath last week but had to wait a few days after the six-year-old suffered a minor setback.
“The ground became too soft for him at the back end of last season after a great win at Newmarket,” read a statement posted on www.brianmeehan.com.
“He has been working really well all spring and unfortunately he had a foot abscess last week which meant he couldn’t run at Bath but he is ready to run on Thursday and we think he can go very close.”