Having spent the past 6½ years as a director and producer at TVN, Blake Ryan has returned to stable life. As of yesterday he is racing manager for his father Gerald Ryan's Rosehill stable. He also rides plenty of trackwork and he knows first-up Royal Sovereign Stakes winner Hot Snitzel will lay it on the line in tomorrow's Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill. ''He has done terrific, I've been riding him work and I'm really happy,'' Ryan jnr said. ''Manawanui will be hard to beat but our guy puts himself there and punches above his weight, as he showed the other day. He'll be there to be run down again.'' The Ryan team may well start debut Wyong winner Assassinate in the Silver Slipper. ''He did a good job at Wyong,'' Ryan said. ''He bounced, he led, he quickened up. He does seem like a horse that will be better next time over 1400 metres but we put him in the race thinking it might fall away due to the rain. He is by More Than Ready and they handle it.''
Trainer David Payne reckons the Praecido team is ''having a bit of fun'' and it may continue at Rosehill tomorrow. ''He has won just over $500,000 in prizemoney and he is a [sole] Wednesday winner,'' Payne said, before adding, ''He did run second in the Victoria Derby.'' Praecido turned in an eye-catching second first-up at Rosehill and didn't have a lot of luck at the track last Saturday. The gelding runs in tomorrow's Parramatta Cup. ''They knocked him about the 500m mark, took his hind legs away,'' Payne said. ''He had 59kg on his back and ran home for fifth'' In the Fireball Quality, Payne will start Al's Magic Miss. ''A filly we are trying to get a bit of black type with,'' he said. ''She has done well for us but she has drawn wide .''
Ron Quinton is not sure what to expect from his handy mare Crafty Irna, which resumes in tomorrow's Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill. ''Physically she has come back a more mature horse,'' he said. ''She has developed into a lovely mare but whether that transforms to more ability I don't quite know. This is a good starting-off point for her, a good stepping stone, and my expectation is they may be a bit nippy for her at 1300m but I'll be happy to be surprised.''
The innovative Gosford Race Club will throw the gates open tomorrow. After heavy rain, the Kembla Grange meeting was transferred to the central coast track. ''Gosford Race Club is pleased to be able to host this meeting at short notice, which will cater for a large pool of horses who would otherwise have been forced to remain at home in their stables," said GRC chief executive James Heddo. ''In these tough economic times, we all realise the importance of giving owners an opportunity to race their horses for a chance to earn prizemoney."
Gai Waterhouse's latest junior, Adam Hyeronimus, will represent NSW in the National Apprentice Series at Moonee Valley tonight.
"I enjoyed my first win for NSW at Launceston last year and the series is a great experience for apprentice jockeys," said Hyeronimus, who is riding in Melbourne for the first time. "It's going to be a great experience for me. Things have been fantastic since moving to Gai's and I can't wait to get out there and represent our state as best as I can." He rides Next in the second race.