Gerald Ryan promises Dances On Stars has potential to twinkle

Jul 05, 2013

TRAINER Gerald Ryan hasn't ruled out underrated three-year-old Dances On Stars producing a stunning form reversal in the Listed $100,000 Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill today.

Dances On Stars is the youngest sprinter in the field and comes into the feature race after a poor run in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich.

But Ryan warned punters to give the horse another chance, pointing out that Dances On Stars pulled up with the "thumps" or an elevated heart rate after the Ipswich race and is quietly confident the gelding can rebound from that failure.

"It would not surprise me if he is right in the finish," Ryan said.

"He was found to have the thumps after he ran at Ipswich but that is something horses get over very quickly and he has been no problem since, he's as good as gold.

"Plus any horse on the inside that day like he was really had no hope.

"I've been very happy with Dances On Stars this week. He's done everything right in his trackwork and it was always my intention to bring him back for this race and then send him for a spell - this is not an afterthought."

Dances On Stars, a winner of two of his 16 starts, shaped promisingly in Queensland over the winter carnival, most notably his efforts to run third in the Gold Coast Guineas behind Academus and a second to Sizzling in the Queensland Guineas.

"His Gold Coast and Queensland Guineas runs were huge," Ryan added.

"I'd like to see him settle close to the lead from that barrier and that should put him in the race."

Ryan, who has won 19 city races this season to be just outside the top 10 Sydney trainers, will also saddle up Red Excitement and Laughing in the Become An ATC Sponsor Handicap (1200m) and Lisa Lost It in the Rosehill Gardens Handicap (1200m).

Red Excitement was a good winner at Randwick a month ago while Laughing has not raced since she was well beaten at Wyong in late April.

"Red Excitement is going well but that break between runs is a worry and 1200m might be a touch short for him but I'm sure he'll run on strongly," Ryan said.