Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie unearthed a quality juvenile at Matamata on Wednesday when Let Her Rip (Rip Van Winkle) defied a slow beginning to score an effortless two length victory over 1200m on debut.
The daughter of Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) had won a trial at the venue leading into her first race day start and looks to have a bright future.
Let Her Rip dazzles on debut Photo: Kenton Wright
"She's very exciting and she had the audacity to prick her ears on the line" Ritchie said.
"She showed a lot of speed from day one and we initially had her earmarked as a Karaka Million horse, but she wasn't handling the prep and we gave her six weeks off.
"We'll look for a race over further and see how far we get, but she looks like she will be an exciting three-year-old.
Let Her Rip is the second foal from the dual stakes winning racemare Keeper Special (Keeper) and is bred on the significant Galileo/Danehill cross responsible for 12 Gr.1 winners including champion Frankel and Rip Van Winkle’s own Gr.1 winning son Dick Whittington.
Let Her Rip is from the first southern hemisphere crop of Rip Van Winkle that also includes Gr.2 winning filly Magic Dancer and was purchased by Ritchie for $41,000 from the Leanach Lodge yearling draft at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Select Session sale at Karaka.