Connections of exciting Rip Van Winkle filly Euro Angel have always held the Rip Van Winkle filly in very high regard and her impressive winning performance at Flemington at the weekend only served to rubber-stamp their opinion.
Racing mid-field throughout most of the race, Euro Angel was presented to make her winning run after turning for home and sprinted away from her opposition for a resounding 3 ¼ length victory.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was full of praise for Euro Angel who he trains in partnership with his father John and brother Michael.
“It’s not very often you can say you had them covered at the 600 metres but she did”, Hawkes said.
“Her first start (in Sydney) was a Chautauqua-like win and she was over the top for the next one when finishing third”.
Euro Angel is a first-crop daughter of Rip Van Winkle and was put aside following her second Sydney start. Resuming over Flemington’s 1400m journey Euro Angel has now won two of her first three starts and looks a fine prospect to make her presence felt in black-type company in the future.
A half sister to Gr. 2 winners Leebaz and Polish Knight, Euro Angel was purchased at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sales for $200,000.
Another of Rip Van Winkle’s progeny to impress at the weekend was the Chris Waller trained 2YO Awoke who, though racing greenly, finished quickly to win on debut at Newcastle over 1150 metres.
Awoke is raced by Henderson Racing who enjoyed Group One success with Caulfield Cup winner Descarado (High Chaparral) and was purchased by them at the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sales for $125,000.
The victories of Euro Angel and Awoke continue an excellent run for their highly rated multiple Group One-winning sire Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) whose son War legend was successful over 1600m at Sandown in Melbourne the previous weekend.
Rip Van Winkle, who has enjoyed a successful season headed by first crop 3YO Group winners Capella (Eight Carat Classic), First Impressions (WA Oaks) and unbeaten four times winner Let Me Roar, will stand for a service fee of $12,500 + GST in 2016.