Gerald Ryan might have a laser-like focus on the Blue Diamond with Rubick, but he’s also paid smart Kembla Grange two-year-old winner Ygritte a huge compliment.
The debutante strolled to an easy win over the 1000-metre scamper for the babies on Saturday and then Ryan lifted the lid on how highly he regards the $135,000 yearling.
‘‘She’s better than Peggy Jean,’’ Ryan said.
It’s a huge rap considering Peggy Jean mowed down the smart Boomwaa in the $250,000 Inglis Classic barely a fortnight ago.
But given how easily the Snitzel filly ambled past Allan Denham’s Magic Topaze ($2.10fav) at Kembla it would be hard to argue.
Ryan has a reputation for extracting the best out of two-year-olds, particularly the Snitzel breed, and plans to plunge Ygritte into stakes company at her second start.
‘‘She’s a nice filly that goes well and she probably needed another trial, but I said to the owners to run her [at Kembla] and use it as a trial,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘She’ll probably have her next start in the Widden Stakes [at Rosehill] in a fortnight. She’s got a full-sister in Perth who has won two out of two and I think she’ll get over 2000 metres [in time].’’
Bookmakers opened with Ygritte and Magic Topaze equal favourites on track at $2.40, but punters squeezed the latter into favouritism.
Ygritte drifted to $3 with Chad Lever up, but quickly collared the leader in the straight to charge to a two-length win from Singles Soiree ($13). Chengdu ($9.50) was third.