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Adelaide Possible For George Ryder
Coolmore racing manager James Bester has provided an update on Cox Plate winner Adelaide (Galileo-Elletelle, by Elnadim). Bester said the Irish bred son of Galileo was a chance of resuming in Saturday's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill, but that a final decision would be largely dependent on mother nature. "That's very weather dependent and track condition dependent," Bester told RSNs Shane Anderson when asked if Adelaide would definitely be running on Saturday. "This is a horse that we all know needs to get his feet rattled to be effective, and just the way the weather is in Sydney at the moment with the soft tracks that is far from a certainty." He added, "Aidan O'Brien has always told us that really firm ground is what this horse wants. We saw him trial on a heavy 10 at Warwick Farm last time and he just doesn't unleash that acceleration when track conditions are soft or heavy." If Adelaide does launch his autumn campaign in the George Ryder, Bester confirmed that world-class jockey Ryan Moore would partner the colt. "Ryan knows him well, knows him best and obviously he and the horse get on very well. He will have a sit on him tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at Breakfast With the Stars at Rosehill, and that will give us an opportunity to hear his feedback on exactly where the horse is this preparation, and then come Saturday should he run, yes Ryan would be on him." Bester said that Adelaide was in excellent condition ahead of his eagerly awaited return. "It's very difficult to improve any horse that has been in Aidan O'Brien's care, but he certainly looks fabulous," Bester said. "Chris (Waller) is delighted with the horse's condition and the way he is working. Everybody is absolutely thrilled with the way he has adapted to Australia."