Mahamedeis

Mahamedeis (Image: Racing Photos)

New Flemington trainer Nick Ryan bullish on Mahamedeis

You need not look too far into the race book to find what appears potentially the best bet of the day at Caulfield on Saturday.

In fact, it would be the second line on page 1.

Race 1 No.2 - Mahamedeis.

And it's not just the mug punters and esteemed analysts who think that; new Flemington trainer Nick Ryan agrees.

"He's weighted to win and these VOBIS Gold set-weights races really suit him, and he's really set to peak come Saturday," Ryan said.

"His last start in the Easter Cup was super and I couldn't be happier with him.

"As long he can get a bit of clear air and Luke (Currie) can get him into the clear at the right time and if he shows up, it looks his race for the taking."

Mahamedeis is very much a known commodity for Ryan and punters. Dice Roll in the second at Caulfield is not.

He won four of his first five starts and finished third in the French Guineas at start six before a disastrous move from France to Hong Kong.

In 11 starts in Hong Kong, he finished last or second last in seven and didn't get closer than 10 lengths in his final four races there.

Eighteen months on and now in Australia, Ryan is hoping the six-year-old gelding can rediscover the form he showed as a juvenile.

"He's had a long, long time off, but he's a very, very good horse, he's ran third in a French Guineas," Ryan said.

"There's no substitute for match practice, as I said he hasn't raced for a very long time but his trial at Cranbourne the other day was very promising.

"Whatever he does Saturday, he's going to improve but he's a horse that's impressed me with every bit of work he's done."

Ryan will also saddle up longshot Irish Mist in The Showdown, a $950,000 race for the two-year-olds, and is well aware he will be up against it.

"She's going to get a soft run, she's really well in herself so expect her to improve off her last start," he said.