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King’s Troop could be set to deliver for Gerald Ryan and John Messara

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July 16, 2015 – 4:15PM
High hopes: Trainer Gerald Ryan is hoping King's Troop can become a star.High hopes: Trainer Gerald Ryan is hoping King’s Troop can become a star. Photo: Getty Images

The men who played key roles in the rise of Snitzel to stallion sensation believe they might have found another pocket rocket and “cheap” prospect, but like everything in life there are knockers.

King’s Troop, a son of Redoute’s Choice which carries Snitzel’s dam Snippets’ Lass a generation back on his page, is ready to debut at Rosehill on Saturday. It ends a long road and love affair for Gerald Ryan and Arrowfield boss John Messara.

“The first time I saw him on the farm I liked him,” Ryan said. “He was a little backward but I loved what I saw. I kept looking at him and watching him every time I went back to [the] farm and when Igot to Magic Millions [in 2014] Iknew the horse.”

However, Ryan, the man who found and trained Snitzel, didn’t have lot 37 on his list. But when he walked into the ring Ryan quickly become interested as bidding stalled for the colt.

“I was sitting there and the other blokes at the table didn’t even know I was bidding. He was knocked down to me for $200,000. I just bought him on spec,” Ryan admitted. “One of them said did you buy that. I said yes. They just said cheap horse.”

It was a stallion family that would usually bring bids north of $500,000. Within a couple of minutes, Ryan’s phone was buzzing from the other side of the Magic Millions arena.

“I liked the horse all the way along and I was interested who was going to race him,” Messara said. “We sold him in a partnership with some Japanese clients and those horses go in without a reserve. I thought he was cheap but that was because he was a little small.”

When Ryan told Messara he didn’t have a client for the Redoute’s Choice, he immediately had found one.

“John said to come around to his table and we would work something out. He didn’t bid on it because of the Japanese clients but he and Alan Jones wanted to take half each, so I bought him and had him sold within the day,” Ryan said.  “It is funny because a very good judge I’m told wrote ‘no good’ in his book.”

It has taken to the final month of his two-year-old year for King’s Troop to get to the races but his trials have indicated he is a bit better than “no good”.

He won his first trial in good time at Rosehill in February but went shin sore. Another two trials have followed at Rosehill since coming back in, the latest was a seven-length romp where he recorded the fastest final 400m of the morning.

“He has done everything right up to now. You don’t know how good they are until they get to the races,” Ryan said. “He is a real character as well. He just enjoys life and is always a bit playful.

“He is still a little small – he is 15.1 now but that was what Snitzel was when he won the Breeders Plate. If he was two inches bigger I wouldn’t have him because he is the sort of horse that everyone would want because he is so neat. He has still got some growing to do but it looks like he goes all right.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/kings-troop-could-be-set-to-deliver-for-gerald-ryan-and-john-messara-20150716-gids8n.html#ixzz3g3BADxER

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Posted July 17, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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