As he calls a halt to Amorino’s Caulfield Guineas campaign, trainer Gerald Ryan is looking to Snitzerland and Ahdashim to step up in Melbourne this weekend.
Amorino’s eighth in Saturday’s McNeil Stakes has prompted Ryan to bring him home to Sydney immediately with the float carrying his stablemates going in the opposite direction on Monday night.
Steven Arnold told stewards Amorino had been agitated behind the barrier and failed to finish the race off at his first anti-clockwise start.
“The Caulfield Guineas is out,” Ryan said. He’s coming home.
“The first five winners on the day led and he wasn’t suited.
“He has come through the race all right so we’ll bring him home and think about what to do next.”
Ryan has no concerns with Golden Slipper runner-up Snitzerland and hardy sprinter Ahdashim who will both run over the straight course at Flemington.
Snitzerland takes on her fellow three-year-olds in the Group Two Danehill Stakes while Ahdashim runs in the Group Three Bobbie Lewis Quality with Damien Oliver to ride the pair.
“They have both been to Flemington before and shown they like the straight track,” Ryan said.
“Snitzerland has had two starts on it for a second and a first and Ahdashim has had three goes for two wins.
“That’s the reason they are going there.”
Ahdashim is also entered for the Concorde Stakes at Warwick Farm but Ryan will rely on last-start Starlight Stakes winner Mrs Onassis in that Group Three sprint.
Ahdashim has had three barrier trials to ensure his fitness for his first start in almost a year while Snitzerland showed she was back with a vengeance with her win in the San Domenico Stakes on August 18.
“She always does well but I was particularly pleased with her work on Friday morning and again today when she had a course proper gallop at Rosehill,” Ryan said on Monday.
“They’ll both be on the float tonight.”