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Daughter of Rip Van Winkle wins Group Two feature
20 Nov 2016 | By Racenews

Trainer Moira Murdoch had her faith in stable representative Lasarla vindicated when the four-year-old daughter of Rip Van Winkle belied her lowly Rating 64 to win the Gr.2 NRM Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes in convincing fashion at Pukekohe Park on Saturday.

“She’s always showed a lot of ability and while she had only won one race, sometimes you just have to have a go,” said Murdoch, who was joined in a training partnership at the start of this season by her daughter Kieran.

“She’s been a beautiful horse from day one, she’s never put a foot wrong and she’s just a lovely animal.”

The winner of one of her previous five starts, Lasarla was given a cosy run in the trail by rider Cameron Lammas and she rounded off strongly in the run home.

“She got a beautiful run and when she popped out at the top of the straight she got all the clear space she needed to kick on,” Murdoch said.

Lasarla was ridden by Lammas, who had been aboard the mare when she finished runner-up at the trials behind the multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose ahead of her resuming second at Te Rapa last month.

“It’s great to get these big races and I knew that Moira has always rated this horse,” he said.

“From the good draw we jumped out and got behind the leader and she had a good kick. She’s still got a bit to learn so she will improve with the run as well.”

Pacemaker Somethingvain (Falkirk) was clear 300 metres from home, but she had no answer to Lasarla’s finishing run, filling the runnerup position, while Slice Of Class (Guillotine), who is in foal to Makfi, earned a valuable Group Two credit with her effort for third.

All the first three placegetters were sired by Windsor Park Stud stallions.

Lasarla was bred by her owners Pat & Clyde Buckingham from the imported Danehill mare Imco Main. They retained the now valuable racemare when she failed to meet her yearling sale reserve price of just $20,000.


Lasarla becomes the second Group winner for her sire Rip Van Winkle in the past month following the success of Euro Angel at the Melbourne Racing Carnival in the Gr.3 Ladies Day Vase.


Following her success in the Breeders’ Stakes Lasarla now has the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes in her sights which is run at Te Rapa over 1600m next month.

To watch Lasarla win click here