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After suffering his first Australian loss, Dice Roll will try to return to form at Flemington.
Nick Ryan is confident Dice Roll can bounce back from a shock loss at Flemington when he returns to this track on Saturday.
The French-bred galloper is about to run in the Sir Eugene Gorman Handicap (1600m), his second attempt on the trip to Australia.
Dice Roll, who started his career in France before heading to Hong Kong, won his first three starts for Ryan and was due to expand that number to four at Flemington on July 3.
Sent by a heavily backed favorite at $ 1.65, Dice Roll let down his supporters, finishing fourth behind the Mongolian marshal in the VRC / CRV Winter Championship final (1,600m).
Dice Roll found himself in an inappropriate role, up front, which Ryan says contributed to his defeat.
“He did really well in the race and if anything, it probably got him a bit and he trained really well,” said Ryan.
“I really think the race did not go to his liking because they were slow. He stayed in front and got a bit lost doing that and wasn’t able to gain momentum.
“He’s a much better hunter so hopefully we find there will be a leader and that will suit him.”
Although he went from 55.5 kg to 59 kg, Fred Kersley is staying the course.
“Fred hasn’t done anything wrong with him and he deserves his chance again,” Ryan said.
Ryan however chose to claim the winner of the Flemington Express Pass at the last start in the Trevor Clarke Handicap (1000m) engaging Matthew Cartwright with his 2kg claim bringing the sprinter with 59kg.
The Express Pass won over the course and the distance on Saturday June 19 before spending a week in the paddock.
“He came back great and looks so good on a horse this time of year,” Ryan said.
“He’s spotted and looks really good in the coat.
“He had a smooth little jump last Friday and I’m really happy with him.”
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