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
“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
“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.”