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Boban wishing rain holds off ahead of George Ryder

Thu, Mar 27, 7:15am by Daryl Curnow

Boban seeking more Group One glory

schofieldLAST year’s Group One Emirates Stakes winner didn’t kick off the new year in great fashion, but now Boban has hit top gear and he is well within the market in the upcoming George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained gelding had briefly looked to be battling this campaign before putting away a nice field which included It’s A Dundeel at Warwick Farm. The four-year-old son of Bernardini returned to his brilliant best with the one-length win and he now looks to stay a perfect two-from-two at Rosehill.

Track conditions have been tested throughout the week with rain falling in intervals and the track is expected to be somewhere around the dead 4/5 mark. Boban has won on six occasions on a dead track but he has failed in two runs on the slow, so if more rain falls his chances vastly decrease.

*Boban will be with regular rider Glyn Schofield despite the Sydney jockey being in Singapore alongside his son-in-law Nathan Berry who is fighting for his life.

Chris Waller won’t be too concerned overall as his star mare Red Tracer revels in the wet ground and she will be sent out a short favourite if she gets the conditions to suit. The six-year-old mare did nothing to deter her admirers last time out at Randwick as she picked herself up well after stumbling badly at the start. Her third placing behind Appearance holds her in good stead for this and her wet track form is an incredible read. From 10 starts on either slow or heavy, Red Tracer has won on eight occasions with one placing. Not to mention a further seven wins and 10 placings on dry tracks, she certainly deserves her current favouritism at $3.80. She will be lining up with a new jockey, Michael Rodd, as her usual rider Nash Rawiller was committed to ride My Kingdom Of Fife. Waller hadn’t intended to run the mare in the George Ryder but the expected wet conditions forced him to enter her.

“We never planned for her to run this weekend but she is so good in the wet and it’s a Group One race,” said Waller.

With Boban and Red Tracer dominating the market, the remainder of the field is left wide open to value with good horses such as Sacred Falls at $9, who ran a slashing fourth in the Canterbury Stakes, and New Zealand Colt El Roca who was far from disgraced when finishing second behind Dissident in the Randwick Guineas. El Roca is looking to become the fifth three-year-old to win the George Ryder in nine years, a statistic that heavily favours the lightly weighted runners. His jockey, Hugh Bowman, was very pleased with his recent trackwork efforts.

“He’s definitely improved and I’m really looking forward to seeing him over 1500 metres at Rosehill.”

For the full George Ryder market head to and make sure to check our full Rosehill card preview on Friday.

Nathan Berry diagnosed with Norse Syndrome

Nathan Berry has been placed in an induced coma as Singapore doctors look to treat him for Norse Syndrome.

The recently-married jockey has been in hospital since collapsing at track work last week, suffering numerous seizures on a daily occurrence. At first Doctors were not sure what was causing the seizures, but his family were notified that it was in fact Norse Syndrome, a neurological disorder which has a high mortality rate. Berry’s family rushed to his side which included his globe-trotting superstar twin brother Tommy, who has just recently won the Group One Hong Kong Derby.

Nathan Berry was signed for the short-term contract in Singapore following his win aboard Unencumbered in the 2YO Magic Millions. Father-in-law and top Sydney rider Glyn Schofield has also flown to be by his side but doctors aren’t expecting much to change over the next few days as they continue to run tests. will endeavour to keep our readers updated on Berry’s condition as time progresses.

New Zealand apprentice red faced

Lisa Whelan, a New Zealand apprentice spending a short amount of time riding in Victoria, has been claiming an incorrect weight allowance forcing stewards to disqualify three of her mounts.

Unaware of the rule difference between New Zealand and Australia, Whelan didn’t realise she had out-ridden her claim by riding 81 winners, therefore losing her 1.5kg claim. Three horses, all trained by Marcus Fahler, were disqualified by stewards, but they emphasised Whelan was not at fault. Among the horses ridden by Whelan was Huncha Duncha, a maiden winner at Edenhope who despite losing the race will keep to keep the prizemoney earned.

Stewards informed Whelan to keep a more watchful eye on the rule differences between the two countries which has become a talking point in Australia in recent times. Confusion between New South Wales and Victorian stewards was caused when New Zealand-trained El Roca received treatment with the 24 hour period before his race, in which the rule differs between states. The governing bodies need to set firm rules that covers all states and their legislation’s.

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