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Caulfield Group winner caps outstanding week for Rip Van Winkle
13 Oct 2016 | By Racenews

The prophetic words from connections of exciting filly Euro Angel rang true at Caulfield yesterday when the first-crop daughter of Rip Van Winkle could not have been more impressive winning the Gr.3 Ladies Day Vase at only her sixth raceday appearance.

Backing up from a start in Sydney nine days previously Euro Angel had been touted as a stakes-winner-in-waiting by her trainers Team Hawkes following her winning performances earlier this year.

"Her first start in a race was a Chautauqua like win. She’s done a really good job but we’ve had a good opinion of her for a while,” said co-trainer Wayne Hawkes.

Euro Angel unleashed a superior turn of foot in the home straight to win going away from her opposition in the Group Three race over 1600m, her first in black-type company.

Euro Angel’s record now stands at three wins and three placings from six starts with the $500,000 Gr.1 Myer Classic for fillies and mares on Derby Day at Flemington later this month a possible target for the Windsor Park-bred mare.

Euro Angel’s success capped a tremendous run for her sire Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) who earlier in the day sired impressive Sydney winner Nassak for Randwick trainer James Cummings.

Rip Van Winkle has sired three new stakes winners this week including 4YO gelding Bravo Zolo who was successful at Chantilly in Paris in the Listed Prix Du Ranelagh over 1600m.

A champion son of Galileo, Rip Van Winkle stands at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge where his service fee is $12,500 + GST. 

To watch Euro Angel's winning performance click here