Regardsmaree (maroon cap) narrowly defeats Buffalo River at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The autumn campaign of Regardsmaree may be at an end after his open class victory at Flemington on Saturday, but the improving gelding’s story is far from finished.
Caulfield trainer Nick Ryan said he favoured sending the four-year-old to the spelling paddock after recording his third Melbourne success in a row as he has a race in mind next spring where Regardsmaree might be able to join an elite group.
After running down Group 1 placegetter Buffalo River to record the narrow 1400-metre win, Ryan said Regardsmaree will have a break before being aimed at his own Group 1 target next spring.
"He’s an emerging young horse and it was a good tough win running a horse like that down today," Ryan said.
"We might put him away now and look for something like the Rupert Clarke (Stakes) in the spring."
Regardsmaree was considered one of the best bets on the program by punters despite rising to open class. He ran as favourite and had a short half head margin over Buffalo River with early leader Morvada a length away third.
Ryan said that Regardsmaree was hardly gifted the race.
"He was exposed a little early too and he had to do the hard work to run him down," he said. "I was hoping he could snipe for a while longer, but he did it the hard way.
"I am just happy for the horse and the owners. It’s been a marvellous three or four weeks with him.
"He’s done his job now and so we’ll put him away. We’ll set down a bit of a program in the spring. He’s getting up in the ratings now so that will give us options aplenty getting into the better races.
"I’ve been saying it all along that he would go through his grades, the feel he gave me and he’s done that."
Successful rider Luke Currie said: "He’s learnt his trade and you see today he did everything I asked of him, he did everything right.
"That’s why he’s stepped him through his grades and got him to where he is now. I’m sure there’s better things in store for him."
Trainer Mike Moroney said Buffalo River would run next in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes at Flemington on February 27, where a win would see him elevated into the $5 million All-Star Mile field at The Valley on March 13.
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