Former Victorian apprentice Brenton Avdulla stayed in Melbourne after winning Saturday's Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington on Snitzerland so he could ride the Gerald Ryan-trained Rubick in trackwork ahead of Saturday's $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes.
Ryan and Avdulla are poised for their second group 1 success in the 1200-metre juvenile feature, however the Rosehill trainer believes his jockey has ''continued to make his own luck'' in the riding ranks in Sydney.
Ryan has used Avdulla extensively over the past 12 months, mainly because of the young jockey's keenness to ride work on any given day or time.
''He's a team player. He makes himself available to ride in gallops and if it's a case of my wanting work, as soon as the gates open of a morning he's there,'' Ryan said.
''No argument and no debate, he's ready and switched on to ride whoever and at any given time.
''I'm a bit different, I tend to gallop some horses Monday, Wednesday and Friday so that makes it tricky for raceday jockeys.
''Not Brenton. He's there ready to jump on and studies everything about their make-up. That's what probably sets him apart from some jockeys who won't make the effort to go that extra yard.''
On Saturday, Avdulla had Snitzerland perfectly positioned in the 1000-metre event and timed the mare's final 300 metres to perfection.
This week Ryan and Avdulla will put the final touches on Rubick, who is second favourite for the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
Rubick has been in Melbourne for two weeks and, according to Ryan, has improved since his hard-fought victory at Caulfield nine days ago
''I'm working him on Monday morning, I do that a little bit with my horses, I just prefer a Monday gallop leading into a Saturday race,'' he said.
''I could have had the course proper but I was told by the club that it could be a little hard so I opted to gallop him on the steeple grass.
''Fortunately, Brenton volunteered to stay in Melbourne and ride the horse in the gallop before coming home.
''The other aspect of Saturday's race is that Rubick isn't a one-dimensional sprinter who has to lead. He can race from back in the field and that's probably how we'll ride him on Saturday.''
Ryan said that Snitzerland, who looked so good at Flemington on Saturday, had emerged ''fairly well'' from her victory.
''She knew she'd had a run. It was first-up and she was running very fast for the whole 1000 metres so it's understandable that she might have got a little tired from the race,'' Ryan said.
''Where we go now with her will depend on Tuesday's weights for the Newmarket. If we feel she's too close to some very good horses, we'll just bring her home to Sydney. Her main autumn goal is the T. J. Smith [at Randwick on April 12].''
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