Talented filly Let Me Roar (Rip Van Winkle) will head to her winter spelling paddock with a perfect four-from-four winning record after putting up her most impressive performance to date at Te Rapa yesterday.
The Rip Van Winkle three-year-old made light work of her 59-kilogram impost against a smart field of Rating 75 rivals as she strode to a long-neck victory. The effort delighted co-trainer Andrew Forsman as he and his senior training partner Murray Baker look towards the spring with their charge.
“We weren’t really too sure how she would cope as she still has a lot of maturing to do and she was carrying a decent weight for any filly,” noted Forsman.
“She still looks like a spring three-year-old and not the rising four-year-old that she is. To get away with the win was very pleasing and does give you plenty of reasons to look forward to next season.”
Positioned beautifully just off the speed by rider Matt Cameron, momentarily Let Me Roar looked to be in trouble when asked for her effort at the top of the straight. But she found top gear in a handful of strides and dashed to a clear advantage with 200 metres to run.
Runner-up Maestro Tom made a determined bid in the shadows of the winning post but the filly had him covered as she held out his challenge by a long neck to the relief of punters who had installed her as the $1.70 favourite.
Let Me Roar is a half-sister to the Baker stable's ill-fated VRC Derby and Turnbull Stakes winner Lion Tamer and races in the colours of her co-breeders, Windsor Park Stud.
“She didn’t really cope with the track so it was her class that got her home,” said Forsman. “They did get close to her but even when they were pulling up nothing could get past her. She is a filly with plenty of ticker.
“Her breeding suggests that she will only improve as she matures, so we do think she will be just as competive when she steps up to a mile or further.”
The Baker-Forsman-Cameron combination completed a late Te Rapa double when Bowie took out the final race on the card. That puts last season’s champion stable seven wins adrift of the Stephen Autridge-Jamie Richards partnership at the top of the trainers’ table with 93 wins.