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Ryan rates Ygritte after Kembla success

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Local Sport>ADAM PENGILLY3 Feb 2014, 3:18 a.m.
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Chad Lever pilots the impressive Ygritte to victory in the two-year-old race at Kembla Grange on Saturday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN
Chad Lever pilots the impressive Ygritte to victory in the two-year-old race at Kembla Grange on Saturday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

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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.

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