Let Her Rip back af­ter luck­less trip

The Southland Times - - RACING - NZ Rac­ing Desk

Cam­bridge trainer Shaune Ritchie was left ru­ing a tough bar­rier draw and some un­for­tu­nate luck in run­ning af­ter Let Her Rip failed to fig­ure in the fin­ish of Satur­day’s Gr. 2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flem­ing­ton.

The five-year-old mare was on a hit and run mis­sion in Mel­bourne to se­cure some valu­able Aus­tralian ‘‘black-type’’ to en­hance her fu­ture breed­ing prospects.

Those plans turned to cus­tard how­ever when she had to be snagged to the rear of the field from an out­side bar­rier be­fore be­ing badly held up for a run in the home straight.

Al­though she made up good ground in the fi­nal stages it wasn’t enough to trou­ble the lead­ers which dis­ap­pointed Ritchie who felt the daugh­ter of Rip Van Win­kle was in the right shape to be com­pet­i­tive in a tal­ented line-up.

‘‘When you draw the ex­treme out­side you are al­ways go­ing to need a lot of luck and we didn’t get that,’’ he said.

The Gr. 3 Taranaki Breed­ers Stakes at Haw­era on Oc­to­ber 14 is a likely tar­get for Let Her Rip, a race in which she could clash with Gr. 2 Foxbridge Plate win­ner Un­derthe­moon­light.

Mean­while Hu­mi­dor has burst into con­tention for the spring’s rich­est races af­ter a last-to-first win in the Makybe Diva Stakes. Jockey Damian Lane pro­duced the Dar­ren Weir-trained stayer as the widest run­ner in the Flem­ing­ton straight and the $17 chance over­ran the favourite Hart­nell.

‘‘He’s a great tal­ent and he’s re­ally start­ing to put it all to­gether now,’’ Lane said.

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