Up and coming mare Girl Sunday maintained her unbeaten sequence for this campaign when landing another impressive Sydney winner on her home track of Rosehill.
Trainer Gerald Ryan has produced Girl Sunday three times this season and the result has been three very impressive wins – two at Rosehill and the other at Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.
On Saturday, Girl Sunday was given a gem of a ride by Jamie Innes Junior who positioned her on the back of the pacemakers and had her out with perfect timing to claim the lead 200 metres from the finish and draw ahead for an authoritative win, prompting the comment “oh she’s going to win again” from the course commentator.
Ontrack CEO Grant Morgan said Gerald Ryan’s placement and astute use of claiming apprentice riders has played a big part in the mare’s form this time in.
“Gerald was convinced that Girl Sunday was going to be a Saturday horse in Sydney after her first preparation and that judgement has been spot on with the mare capturing two $100,000 Benchmark 78 races confined to fillies and mares.
“Ontrack is all about finding city class performers for our owners and with five wins from only 10 career starts Girl Sunday is ticking all the boxes for her connections. The level of stakes now available in Sydney has seen her earnings rise pretty rapidly to over $173,000.
“She was entered for races at Brisbane and Sydney last weekend but the rain in South East Queensland convinced Gerald to stay at home and the decision proved the correct one,” said Grant Morgan.
Gerald Ryan was confident Girl Sunday would run another big race at Rosehill and he is already eyeing off another fillies and mares benchmark event for the daughter of Encosta De Lago.
“She has come through the latest run in great order and I couldn’t be happier with her coming out of the win. There’s a Benchmark 85 race over 1350 metres on December 24 and we can use Jamie’s two-kilogram allowance once again.
“Not many horses win three races on the trot in town but the way she has been going, and her recovery from the latest win suggests she is a realistic prospect to make it four.”
Grant Morgan said the ultimate aim with Girl Sunday is to achieve black type success, but that goal might have to wait for a little while.
“Once she races on Christmas Eve we will assess her, but at this stage a short break looks an option and she can return next year and focus on the autumn carnival.
Congratulations to our owners Lang Brothers Racing No 3 Synd (Mgrs Stu & Matt Lang), Pam Bayles, Lucky Nine Racing (Mgr Brett Grogan), Ricky Kim, Keating Racing (Mgr Shane & Matthew Keating), Ken Stocks, Michael Walton & Paul Crisp.