Trainer Gerald Ryan has changed tack with Zabeelions who has not lived up to his staying bloodlines.
The four-year-old will be brought back in distance with Wednesday’s Pro-Ride Handicap at Rosehill over 1600 metres his next test.
Owned by long-time stable clients Damion Flower and his wife Camilla, Zabeelions is a brother to 2012 South Australian Derby winner Zabeelionaire and 2013 Queensland Oaks winner Gondokoro.
Flower paid $420,000 for him in 2013 and Zabeelions has won two races over 2000 and 2100 metres from 14 starts.
“We’ve tried him twice at 2200 metres and he has failed each time,” Ryan said.
“He comes into those longer races as if he’s going to win but hasn’t finished them off.
“I think he’s proved he can’t run 2200 metres or further so we’ll bring him back to 1600 metres and keep him to middle distances.”
“He goes well on wet tracks. He’s a brother to a Derby and an Oaks winner but I think 2000 metres pulls him up.”
A decision on whether two-year-old Argie Bargie runs at Warwick Farm or heads to Rosehill on Saturday will be made by her owners while stablemates Love’s A Fantasy and My Amazing Cool will oppose each other in the 1400m fillies and mares race on Wednesday.
My Amazing Cool has had just six starts for two provincial wins and two thirds.
“She is a very honest and consistent mare who deserves a chance at a city race,” Ryan said.
“Love’s A Fantasy gets back in her races so I think going up to 1400 metres should suit her.”
At her most recent start, Love’s a Fantasy came out of the gates slowly in a 1200m-race at Canterbury and ran on late to finish fourth as favourite.
A $4.80 chance with the TAB, My Amazing Cool is vying for favouritism with the John O’Shea-trained Lycia ($4.60) while Love’s a Fantasy is at $11.
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