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Magic Millions Classic-winning trainer Neville Layt has endorsed emerging apprentice Brock Ryan as the next big thing in the riding ranks as the popular Queanbeyan trainer eyes a Wagga Wagga Gold Cup heist.
Layt didn’t even consider the prospect of replacing Ryan with a senior rider on his four-year-old mare Grand Proposal, which will be trying to cause an upset in Friday’s $150,000 feature of the two-day carnival.
Ryan steered Grand Proposal to a commanding win in the Murrumbidgee Cup a fortnight ago, the traditional Wagga Wagga Gold Cup lead-up.
“I go back two years ago and there was a fella by the name of Tommy Berry who was an inexperienced apprentice, too,” Layt said when asked about Ryan’s suitability for the listed race.
“I put him on in a $2 million Magic Millions [Classic] and he got the job done [on Karuta Queen]. Everyone was saying to me then, ‘are you going to stick with him?’ I said, ‘what’s he done wrong?’ I think this little fella has got the makings of being another Tommy.
“He rides well and I watched him [on Tuesday] and he gives horses every chance. I’m sure he won’t let me down.”
Ryan and Sydney’s champion apprentice Winona Costin, who has already ridden in several group 1 races, are the only junior riders to mix it with the big boys in the non-claiming race.
Layt is hoping the apprentice’s feats in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup become a lot more memorable than his own days chasing one of the most coveted country cups in NSW.
“It’s the first time I’ve had a runner in the Wagga Cup,” Layt said. “I had a few rides in it, but I finished nowhere.
“It’s a great carnival and a fabulous place to be. It’s a great club and always has been and I’ve been going to Wagga now for the cup carnival for something like 25 or 30 years.”
Messene will start a pronounced favourite after the withdrawal of Chris Waller’s Index Linked on Wednesday, leaving Hawkes Racing’s gelding as a $3 favourite with Ladbrokes. Grand Proposal was rated an $18 chance.
Far from perturbed with the set bookmakers have taken against his mare, Layt is buoyant about the inaugural Highway Handicap winner’s chances of claiming the cup in front of another boisterous crowd.
”She’s super and she’s really come on since her last win over there,” Layt said. “She hasn’t drawn too well, but I’m sure young Brock will have either have two choices: go forward and see if he can slot in somewhere or just go back and ride her for luck.
“I think she’s a good lightweight chance and I’d love to see her win for the little fella.”
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