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Bright stars for Rip Van Winkle
18 Dec 2015 | By Racenews

Sparkling performances this week from Rip Van Winkle’s daughter’s Killer Woman (in South Africa)  and Capella (at Matamata), together with his son Henry Winkler (at Otaki), provide shining examples of the promise being shown by the progeny of the young son of Galileo as they continue their rise through the ranks.

3YO filly Killer Woman (ex Prix Du Sang by Red Ransom) is on a trajectory towards top age-group racing as she delivered another telling performance to win her second race from her last three starts and her first over 1600m.

Click here to watch Killer Woman winning by 4 ¾ lengths at Greyville racetrack in South Africa.

Killer Woman, who was purchased by her connections for $170,000 from the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, has a full sister catalogued as Lot 26 in the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka next month.

3YO Capella (ex Limerick by Grosvenor) is also a filly of untapped ability and she demonstrated her electric turn of foot once again at Matamata on Wednesday afternoon when winning impressively over 1400m, her second victory from just four starts.

Capella’s connections are now aiming her for the Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day while longer term, the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham next March is firmly on the radar.

Click here to watch Capella winning at Matamata.

Rounding out an excellent week for Rip Van Winkle, his 3YO son Henry Winkler (ex Thee Auld Hussie by Spinning World) proved too strong over 1600m  for his opposition at Otaki. Click here to watch Henry Winkler’s winning performance.

Rip Van Winkle has 46 yearlings catalogued for sale at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales series at Karaka, January 25-31.