Gerald Ryan was responsible for 2 of the 4 juvenile winners at Monday's Rosehill trials. In the first juvenile heat, race 6 for colts and geldings, Ryan's Return With Honour scored by a neck from the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Remorseless with the fast-closing Reignite, also from the Snowden stable, a close third.
The time for the 900 metres was 54.59, the quickest of the 4 2-year-old heats.
By Fastnet Rock, Return With Honour is out of the stakes-placed O'Reilly mare Irish Nova, making him a half-brother to the dual Group 1 winner Sacred Star. He was a $520,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase by Blandford Bloodstock from the draft of Rosemont Stud.
The runner-up was a $350,000 purchase from the Gold Coast by James Harron Bloodstock. Offered by Newgate Farm as agent, Remorseless is by Written Tycoon and is the second foal out of the winning More Than Ready mare Kilcareless. He is from the family of Redoute's Choice and Rubick with his third dam being Monsoon Wedding.
Reignite was also secured from that same sale. Offered by Element Hill, the colt was bought by China Horse Club, Newgate Bloodstock and Stonestreet for $800,000. He is by Sebring out of Listed winning mare Risk Aversion who is herself a half-sister to multiple Group winner Shania Dane. This is also the family of Group 1 winner Summer Passage.
Ryan was also responsible for the winner of heat 8, Spirituality. A daughter of Spirit Of Boom, Spirituality held Chris Waller's Willinga Panache by three quarters of a length with the same distance back to Loose in third.
Trialling for the first time, Spirituality jumped well and settled in midfield before quickening nicely in the straight. The time for the 900 metres was 55.20.
Spirituality is a half-sister to 4 winners from the family of sires in Excites, Duporth and Delago Deluxe and was a $80,000 purchase by her trainer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Eureka Stud.
In the following heat the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly Dubai Star was impressive, scoring a three and a half length victory being eased down in a time of 55.18. A $320,000 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase, the daughter of Pride Of Dubai finished second on debut in the Merson Cooper Stakes (Listed) on 16 November.
The Hawkes-trained Shivani, a daughter of Sebring out of Villa Verde, was second with Desert Flame, another daughter of Pride Of Dubai, third. Time for the 900 metres was 55.18. The other juvenile heat was won by a son of Eureka Stud's Spirit Of Boom in Strike. Racing in the colours of China Horse Club for Peter and Paul Snowden, Strike jumped well and went straight to the front. He maintained that position to the line to score an easy three quarter length victory in a time of 54.63.
Chris Waller's Blondeau, a son of I Am Invincible, was second with Camerlengo another two lengths further back in third.
A $150,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from the draft of Eureka Stud, Strike won on debut over 1000 metres at Eagle Farm on 12 October. He is a brother to Boomsara and a half-brother to Sarisara being out of the Tsuimai mare Passara. His Defcon half-brother is catalogued to sell as lot 625 from the draft of Eureka Stud on the Gold Coast in January.