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Ripper of a start to the New Year
06 Jan 2016 | By Racenews

Mark down New Zealand bred three year old filly Killer Woman (Rip Van Winkle) as a potential star of the future.

The talented filly continued her rise through the ranks with an emphatic victory against older horses at Greyville racecourse in Durban on New Year’s Day.

Racing just off the pace, the daughter of Rip Van Winkle unleashed a powerful finish to win the 1800m event by nearly two lengths for her South African trainer Tony Rivalland and owner Mary Liley. To watch Killer Woman’s impressive victory please click HERE.

“She has wonderful size and a great temperament and she can quicken off any pace and that’s normally what the good horses are all about”, commented Rivalland.

Liley, who formerly raced top class NZ-bred gallopers Bold Monarch and Sun Monarch, purchased Killer Woman for $170,000 from the 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka.

Killer Woman has now won three races from just six starts for her connections who are aiming her towards major autumn black-type events including the Gr.1 South African Fillies Classic.

Champion South African jockey Anthony Delpech was also impressed with her performance: "I think she has the talent to win a Group One race, she is a special filly and she’s still got more improvement".

Champion Miler Rip Van Winkle (Galileo), whose first crop are 3YO’s, has enjoyed an excellent run over the Xmas/New Year period.

Heading a host of promising performers has been Capella, who confirmed her ability with an excellent performance to win the Gr.2 Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. To watch Capella win click HERE.

Also on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, His Majesty drew attention to his future prospects with a strong finishing second to leading 3YO Xtravagant in the New Zealand Herald Stakes over 1400m.

The following day at Rotorua, highly regarded filly Let Me Roar signalled a bright future when impressively winning on debut while at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day Henry Winkler followed his mid-December winning effort with a solid fourth placed performance in the Gr.2 Great Northern Guineas at Ellerslie.

Other promising winners for Rip Van Winkle in the current season include Australian performers War Legend (stakes placed at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival), Arbitrage, First Impressions, Gervais and Vanderkemp while in New Zealand, Let Her Rip (5th Gr.1 NZ 1000 Guineas), The Wolf, Saintly Ripa and Invention World have saluted the judge.

Rip Van Winkle has 46 yearlings catalogued for sale at this month’s New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales Series at Karaka commencing January 25th