Warrnambool trainer Simon Ryan chasing 2017 Brierly Steeplechase success

PERSISTENT: Simon Ryan is backing Brierly Steeplechase contender Dormello Mo to run strongly in the Tuesday feature. Picture: Amy Paton
PERSISTENT: Simon Ryan is backing Brierly Steeplechase contender Dormello Mo to run strongly in the Tuesday feature. Picture: Amy Paton

FORMER jumps jockey Simon Ryan failed to win the Brierly Steeplechase at 10 attempts.

But he's hoping an imported jumper might give him success as a trainer in Tuesday's jumping feature.

Ryan, 43, who quit jumps riding 11 years ago, saddles up the French-bred Dormello Mo in the $125,000 race at Warrnambool.

Dormello Mo, who has never raced on the flat in 30 starts, was formerly trained by Englishman Paul Nicholls before joining Ryan’s Warrnambool stable.

“Dormello Mo has only raced in jumps races,” Ryan said.

“Paul had told Dormello Mo’s owners it was no use running him on the flat.

“He's too  slow on the flat – jumps racing is his go.”

The seven-year-old was eased out of the Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank on Easter Monday after hitting a fence.

Ryan said Dormello Mo had recovered from the incident.

“He jumped well in a steeplechase trial at Warrnambool last Wednesday,” Ryan said.

“He won the trial.

“I know that don't pay on the results in trials but he’s going good.

“His only other Australian start was in a ‘chase at Warrnambool when he ran third in March.

“It was a good run. Dormello Mo’s had a few looks around Warrnambool now which is a real advantage.”

Ryan will get a clearer indication if Dormello Mo will run in the $300,000 Grand Annual Steeplechase on Thursday after he runs in the Brierly.

“The final decision regarding a run in the Grand Annual will be up to the owners,” he said.

“They will see how he runs in the Brierly before deciding on an Annual run.”

Irish-born jumps jockey Tom Ryan, fresh from a big race victory on Spying On You in the Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank, rides Dormello Mo in the Brierly.

The Brierly Steeplechase, which will be run at 2.20pm, is race six on the 10-race program.

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