Ominous warning: Jockey Nick Hall said Japanese raider World Ace could run away with the George Ryder Stakes.

Ominous warning: Jockey Nick Hall said Japanese raider World Ace could run away with the George Ryder Stakes. Photo: Pat Scala

Nick Hall can rely on the best two-year-old Mick Price has ever had as his Golden Slipper contender, but he has an even stronger word of warning for his George Ryder Stakes rivals after describing Japanese raider World Ace as capable of “blitzing” the $1 million group 1.

If any man will be hoping the foreign legion clean up Sydney’s autumn carnival spoils, it will the Melbourne-based Hall, who flew north on Tuesday to further test drive his two Japanese mounts aiming towards The Championships.

And the first of those will be seen in the George Ryder Stakes when World Ace, which finished fourth behind the  world’s best middle distance galloper Able Friend in the Hong Kong Mile last start, steps out at Rosehill on Saturday.

“After speaking to Mr Ikee who is our trainer and watching his replays we think he’ll probably want a bit further than the 1500 [metres], but the quality of horse the [Japanese] are he might just blitz them anyway,” said Hall, who will also ride the highly-rated To The World in The BMW next weekend.

“I’m a lot more excited now [having ridden the horses than when being confirmed for the bookings].

“He [World Ace] had a little bit of trouble leaving the barriers and at this stage that’s my biggest concern. We’re coming back up here on Thursday morning and we’re going to sit him in the barriers and do a bit of practice, as well as having a bit of a feel so we know how to handle him.”

World Ace will line up alongside fellow Japanese raider Real Impact in the George Ryder, which contains no less than nine individual group 1 winners among its list of entries.

Cox Plate winner Adelaide is one of those, but his participation in the race is considered unlikely despite pleasing English jockey Ryan Moore in a trackwork gallop on Tuesday.

There was no such indecision across town at Canterbury with the Japanese contingent, which also includes Tommy Berry’s mount Tosen Stardom in the Ranvet Stakes, all pleasing before their weekend missions.

Hong Kong-based Dominant will also have his first Australian start in the Ranvet Stakes.

But while the internationals might merely be cast in the role of cameo alongside the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, Hall was only too happy to talk up his chances of an upset with Victorian Ready For Victory.

The colt has been restricted to just one start to date – the least inexperienced runner in the field – but remains rock solid as a $13 fourth pick with Ladbrokes for the Golden Slipper after coming up with barrier nine.

“In terms of my horse I’ve done a lot with him because we were aiming him for the Blue Diamond, but he had a little setback and he had to be tipped out before coming back,” Hall said.

“I know him really, really well and he’s as good a two-year-old as I’ve ridden this season. I’ve been on a fair few of them … that includes ones which didn’t make it to the racetrack. But I had a good handle on them because I was doing plenty of trackwork trying to find one.”

Price’s decision to head straight to the Golden Slipper with the son of More Than Ready raised eyebrows in some quarters, but Hall never questioned it.

“It’s all on the day with two-year-olds,” he said. “Mick thinks it’s the best two-year-old he’s had, but generally speaking he doesn’t have a lot of them.”