Doomben start for Melito

ROSEHILL-BASED trainer Gerald Ryan, who also runs a successful satellite stable at Murwillumbah, is upbeat about the future of his three-year-old filly Melito after her near-miss in last Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup at Doomben.

Melito finished a nose second to Albert The Fat after the pair motored home together down the straight, with the Bart Cummings-trained Latin News finishing a long neck back in third position.

The well-supported favourite Ortensia finished out of the placings in fifth position.

Ryan maintains a high opinion of Melito and told the Tweed Daily News that he considers her genuine Group 1 material.

“She really ran her heart out in the BTC,” he said.

“It was a terrific run from an honest and consistent filly.”

“She’s one of the best in Australia at the moment.”

Her other Group 1 efforts this campaign include a win in TJ Smith Stakes and close-up second in the All Aged Stakes, both at Randwick.

Ryan confirmed he intends to nominate Melito for the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 to be run Saturday week. The event is conducted over 1350m and lists many notables of the Australian turf among its previous winners, such as Takeover Target, Manikato, and Bernborough.

Prior to her dashing second place in the BTC, Melito was being quoted at $6 in early betting markets for the Doomben 10,000.

At Murwillumbah, preparations are on track for the Tweed River Jockey Club’s Murwillumbah Cup carnival which gets under way next month with the running of the 1800m Murwillumbah Cup Prelude on June 6. Nominations for the meeting close with the Trainers Service Centre on June 1.

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