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Rancho Notorious ready to shake off the second-best tag

“As long as he stays sound and continues racing well, I think he has a nice metropolitan future.’’

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The Warwick Farm trainer gave an indication of his opinion of the now four-year-old when he threw him in the deep end against The Autumn Sun in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at the end of last preparation.

He ran fifth of six but collected just under $10,000 for his trouble and was gelded during his break.

“He was tested way above his pay grade last preparation due to the fact I had a good opinion of him and that race ended up with a small field,’’ Coyle said.

“He was tipped out a colt – that’s another reason you put them in stakes races as a colt to see where you’re at.

“His main aim now is to win prizemoney and races, and that’s a matter of working through his grades. If he is going to go up to another level of racing, I dare say it will be post Christmas.’’

Rancho Notorious resumed as a gelding with an eye-catching second at Warwick Farm two weeks ago in a race that was too short and wasn’t run to suit him.

He clocked the fastest last 600m in the 1100m sprint in 34.19 seconds (Punter’s Intelligence), which was about a ½ lengths  faster than anything else in the race.

“Over an unsuitable distance and the way the race was run, he was very good,’’ Coyle said.

“He’s always given me the idea that seven or eight furlongs will be his go. There’s no reason he shouldn’t run well off the back of his first-up run.

“Glen Boss got off first-up and said once he found a backside and relaxed he gave the feel of a horse that would appreciate a bit further.’’

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