The best horse Gerald Ryan will take to a racetrack this week will not be competing but the trainer is more than keen to see Menari have a testing gallop.
Menari’s stud career has been put on hold after he managed to get about 20 of 70 mares in foal in his first season and he has been back in work preparing for a return to racing.
He will have an 800m gallop under James Innes Jr after the first race at Warwick Farm on Wednesday with no set plans for a return.
“He’s terrific and has worked really well, and his attitude is good” Ryan said.
“We’ll see how he goes. If he does race this preparation it will be in the At Sea Handicap at Randwick on the 25th of May and we’ll take it from there.”
The winner of three of eight starts including the Group II Run To The Rose, Menari has not raced since the 2017 Golden Rose in which he finished third behind stablemate Trapeze Artist and Champagne Cuddles.
He was one the leading contenders for last year’s The Everest but injured a suspensory and was sent to stud before the race.
“He has been scanned and the leg looks really good,” Ryan said.
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