Ryan chasing another Sydney feature

Co-trainer Gerald Ryan is desperate to see Bottega take his place in Saturday’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle as the Rosehill horseman chases back-to-back feature weekends in Sydney.

Ryan believes Bottega can play a big part in the lucrative feature after racing without luck in the early part of the spring.

Bottega is 33rd in the order of entry for the 1500m event and should be right on the cusp of the 18-strong field when the final acceptances are declared on Tuesday.

“I just hope he makes the field because a few of the horses I thought weren’t going there, will be,” Ryan, who trains with Sterling Alexiou, said.

“He is still 33rd in the ballot but the horse is terrific.

“If we don’t go there we will go to Hawkesbury on the Thursday and then we will go down to The Gong.”

Gerald Ryan trains alongside Sterling Alexiou. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Ryan confirmed that he was yet to appoint a jockey for Bottega in the Golden Eagle while stablemate Standout also doesn’t have a rider for Saturday’s Yes Yes Yes Stakes.

Bottega has been racing well this spring without winning in two runs this spring, placing in both of his tune ups over 1400m.

A soft or heavy track is expected on Golden Eagle day at Rosehill with rain predicted throughout the week in Sydney.

Bottega is already a two-time winner on soft tracks.

TAB.com.au rate the son of Snitzel at $15 for the Golden Eagle, which is being staged for the second time in its short history in 2020.

Ryan and his training partner Alexiou were riding high on Saturday when talented colt Peltzer produced a superb performance to snap up the $1 million Bondi Stakes.

The stable will send the talented three-year-old to the paddock with a view of targeting Group 1 glory in the autumn with races like the Stradbroke Handicap and Randwick Guineas on the radar.

Originally published asRyan chasing feature double in Golden Eagle

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