Back-up no concern for Regardsmaree

After winning at Caulfield a week ago, Regardsmaree has repeated the dose, this time at Sandown.

REGARDSMAREE winning the Ladbrokes Anniversary Vase at Sandown in Australia.
REGARDSMAREE winning the Ladbrokes Anniversary Vase at Sandown in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Flemington trainer Nick Ryan will consider a Group 1 contest in Adelaide for Regardsmaree after the So You Think gelding scored a dogged win at Sandown

Regardsmaree was on the quick back-up in Saturday's Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) after scoring in the VOBIS Gold Sprint at Caulfield last week. 

Sent out the $2.60 favourite under Billy Egan and relishing the heavy conditions, Regardsmaree defeated Buffalo River ($2.90) by a half-length with Excelida ($8) a short-neck away third. 

Ryan said the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 21 was under consideration for the sprinter-miler. 

"We love him on the back-up and obviously we wouldn't have run him today if we didn't think he was well," Ryan said. 

"But he was hard-fit, and we might have an exciting three weeks coming up. We might keep him fresh and go to Adelaide for The Goodwood." 

Ryan said he had formulated a plan for Saturday's victory with Egan which was carried out perfectly. 

"We had a plan and he executed it 150 percent," Ryan said. 

"We were a little bit worried about letting Buffalo River get out of his sights, so I said, 'go forward, aim for the one-one and work it out from there'. 

"It was lucky he did because we probably wouldn't have run him down." 

Egan said a forward showing in The Goodwood would not be out of the reach of Regardsmaree, especially off a lightweight. 

"The last two weeks for me he's begun very well and that just makes my job so much easier," Egan said. 

"I think a Goodwood would be within his reach, on a light weight. 

"I have noticed the last two times I've ridden him he has appreciated coming off a good speed, and there'll be good speed in a race like that and he'll be the one chiming in." 

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