Let Her Rip (3f, Rip Van Winkle) swept to 1000 Guineas equal favouritism with a stunning last-to-first win against a highly rated field of three-year-olds at Te Rapa this afternoon.
Ridden by Lisa Allpress for Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie, Let Her Rip sat in last place for most of the Hinuera Lodge 3yo before moving to the extreme outside and unleashing an enormous finish.
Carrying the colours of last year’s 2000 Guineas hero Turn Me Loose, she roared past her rivals and dashed clear to win by a widening two and three-quarter lengths.
“That really was a super performance,” Ritchie said. “She’s always shown plenty. We decided to run her here today instead of the Gold Trail tomorrow, with Sally’s Mustang also entered in that race for the same owners. Hopefully we’ve pulled the right rein.”
Let Her Rip was rated a $14 chance for next month’s Gr. 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton prior to today’s performance, but that price has plummeted to $5.
She now shares equal favouritism with Serious Satire, who will line up in tomorrow’s Gold Trail.
The 1000 Guineas is the only New Zealand classic to so far elude Ritchie, who has won the 2000 Guineas with Magic Cape, the Derby with Military Move and the Oaks with Keep The Peace and Artistic.
“Let He Rip is an exciting filly and we’re on track towards the 1000 Guineas,” Ritchie said. “She’ll have one more run over Labour weekend and then we’ll head south.”
Allpress was highly impressed by the performance.
“She was very good, it’s really nice to get on exciting horses like this,” she said. “I’m thankful Opie (Bosson) is over in Australia this weekend.
“I didn’t even really use the stick, she finished it off really well.”
By Rip Van Winkle out of the stakes-winning Keeper mare Keeper Special, Let Her Rip has now had four starts for two wins.
She had three starts as a two-year-old, the most recent of which was in a Listed race in Melbourne when she finished fifth.
“She over-raced and showed her immaturity that day,” Ritchie said. “She led, and it’s hard for two-year-olds to lead all the way in 1400-metre stakes races at Flemington.
“Craig Williams rode her and was impressed. He said she’d make the grade in Australia. We might try that in the autumn. For now we’re focussed on the 1000 Guineas here.”
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