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Ritchie looks to stakes racing for Let Her Rip
07 Nov 2016 | By NZ Racing Desk

A dominant Te Rapa win has trainer Shaune Ritchie keen to give his talented performer Let Her Rip the chance at stakes level.

The four-year-old Rip Van Winkle mare once again showed her liking for Te Rapa as she registered her second win from just three starts on the track with a blistering finish to claim the Rating 75 Distinction Hamilton 1200.

Settled at the rear of the field as habitual front-runner Rich Billie Marsh set a hot pace, Let Her Rip was still spotting the leaders some eight lengths as the field straightened for the run home. Angled into the clear by apprentice Sam Weatherley, she quickly put the issue beyond doubt as she burst to the front before easing to the line for a comfortable length and a half victory.

Ritchie was expecting a good performance from his charge and got what he wanted as he sets about plotting a course to higher honours.

“She has always showed us she has plenty of talent and that’s why we’ve taken her to Australia a couple of times,” he said. “Her only real issue is that she is a mare who goes best when on the fresh side, which doesn’t help much across the ditch as you don’t really want to be sitting around too much as it gets pretty expensive in a hurry.

“She went a top race first-up at Hastings last month and I thought she was ready to go a bold race, particularly as she loves the Te Rapa surface.”

Ritchie will now sit down and look at the mare’s programme for the summer, with a start in stakes company high on his priority list.

“She deserves her chance at black type so I’ve got my eye on a race back at Te Rapa next month,” he said. “There’s a nice Listed 1400-metre race on Waikato Cup Day in December that could suit her. Although she has fashioned such a great record over 1200 metres I still believe she is just as good over a touch further.

“That will be five weeks between runs which will be perfect for her and if she can strike a similar track she could be very competitive.”