And he’s adamant the girls, which include his classy filly Mallory, can’t be underestimated in the most sought after two-year-old event around the globe.
“A lot of the earlier two-year-old races the fillies were running quicker times and then races have been run different but I think they’ve been forgotten,” Ryan said at Tuesday’s barrier draw.
Just five of the 16 contenders to line up in the Golden Slipper are fillies with 10 colts and one gelding.
Gerald Ryan at the Golden Slipper barrier draw. Picture: Getty Images for Australian Turf Club
The 2021 Golden Slipper Filly Dance Cards
GLISTENING bred by Mr G Ryan, Mr G Lanham, Qld
Sold to James Harron Bloodstock/Freedman Brothers $260,000
FOUR MOVES AHEAD bred by G S A Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Vic
Passed in $280,000 Res $300,000 at 2020 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Bhima Stud
SWIFT WITNESS bred by Star Witness Bloodstock P/L, ACT
Sold to Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing $260,000 at 2020 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Widden Stud
MALLORY bred by Arrowfield Group Pty Ltd, Cloros Bloodstock Pty Ltd, NSW
Withdrawn from 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud
QUEEN OF WIZARDRY bred by Wallings Bloodstock Pty Ltd, NSW
Sold to Aquis Farm $400,000 at 2020 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Tyreel Stud
Last but not least the Gentleman of the field
ROCKET TIGER bred by Mr N Penfold, NSW
Retained and Raced by the Breeder