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Racing returns to Canterbury

While most of the two-year-olds in Gerald Ryan’s stable have gone for spells there are still some with more to give this season.

Pymble and Boyish line up at Canterbury on Monday with the latter’s campaign dogged by wet tracks.

Boyish hasn’t raced since early March when he finished third on debut in the Wellington Boot.

“He should have raced again before now,” Ryan said.

“But there have been race meetings called off or he has been balloted out.

“He’s trained on well and I think he can win a couple of races.

Pymble has also had just one start when fourth behind Trekking in December.

Trekking went on to run second to the Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist in the Black Opal Stakes with the latter a Group One placegetter in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes earlier this month.

“Pymble has had two barrier trials and shows ability,” Ryan said.

“He is a better horse now than his first start.”

The James Cummings-trained debutante Envy Of All is the early $4 favourite for the Two-Year-old Maiden (1100m) with Pymble next at $6.50 and Boyish a $13 chance.

Stablemate Stilettoed Vixen runs in Monday’s Vinery Hcp (1100m), her first start since September.

She has also had two trials to get ready for her return.

“I purposely left off with her and hopefully she can go through the winter,” Ryan said.

“She was good last winter so hopefully she can do well again.”

The Canterbury meeting is the first at the track since February 17.

The centre has been the quarantine home for Godolphin’s visiting horses with Polarisation and Penglai Pavilion still in residence and expected to take part in Saturday’s re-run of the Sydney Cup.

Polarisation crossed the line first of the six horses who completed the 3200 metres on April 8 with their jockeys unaware the feature had been called a no-race.

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