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Ryan hoping for super effort as four-year-old returns at Randwick

Co-trainer Gerald Ryan sees no reason promising galloper Super Effort can’t pick up where he left off at Kensington on Wednesday after a month between runs.

The four-year-old has raced twice for Ryan and Sterling Alexiou but was subject to some sale attention late last month and hasn’t appeared since a luckless second at Randwick on July 17.

Super Effort (far right) beats all but Fastconi home at Randwick last month.

Super Effort (far right) beats all but Fastconi home at Randwick last month.Credit:Getty

So there is plenty of interest in how he performs in the Heineken Handicap (1250m), and from Ryan’s point of view the main variable is the track condition.

“The only thing is he’s coming back to dry ground, he’s got damp track form,” he said.

“He’s been pottering along really well. He doesn’t do a lot of work, trot and canter and swimming, and gallops once a week.

“He’s holding his form at home, he’s fit and well, and we’re happy with him.”

Super Effort made his debut for the Ryan/Alexiou camp with a dominant Newcastle win on a soft 6 before chasing home Fastconi on a heavy 8 at headquarters, gaining second on protest.

Ryan said the gelding clearly has talent and it wouldn’t surprise if he reached a higher level.

“It’s a bit early to tell, he’s definitely a Saturday class horse,” he said.

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