Class Jump For Problem Solver At Randwick

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Trainer is under no illusions about the task facing Problem Solver in the Listed at Randwick where she will take on dual Group One winner Alizee.

But the Listed 1200m-sprint is a vital part of Problem Solver's preparation for a return to the Gold Coast for Magic Millions day on January 12.

At this year's Magic Millions carnival, Problem Solver won the $250,000 Maiden and is headed to the $1 million Fillies and Mares race over 1300m.

She goes into Saturday's Randwick race off the back of her second career win in the Magic Millions 3 & 4YO Stakes at on December 12.

mare Alizee returns to racing after missing the spring because of a mandatory ban for a bleeding attack.

Alizee and Fell Swoop head the Christmas Classic field with the latter slated to head to Flemington for the Standish Handicap on New Year's Day.

“Alizee is a the rest of the field but the other option for Problem Solver was a 1400 metre race,” Ryan said.

“I thought the 1200 metres was better for her leading into the 1300 at the Gold Coast.

“She is a big gross mare and needs to run.”

Alizee was the TAB's $2.25 favourite in opening markets ahead of Fell Swoop at $3.80 and Problem Solver at $6.

The -trained Fell Swoop broke a winning drought of almost three years in the Listed Razor Sharp (1200m) at Randwick on December 15.

Ryan also has Pipeline returning in the Handicap (1200m) after a lengthy break during which he was gelded and Arancini in the Vale John Marshall Handicap (1400m).

The winner of the 1987/88 Sydney jockeys premiership, Marshall died earlier this week aged 60 after suffering pancreatic cancer.

Among Marshall's many big wins was the 1999 on -trained .

Marshall and Cummings enjoyed a long and successful association with horses such as Beau Zam, Sky Chase, Campaign and Shaftesbury Avenue.

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