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Ritchie Dreaming Of Classic Success
Cambridge horseman Shaune Ritchie has expressed his desire to add another feature race victory at Riccarton to his training record, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I've won the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the Oaks a couple of times and I really want to win the 1000 Guineas to complete the classic set," he said. Ritchie believes that rising 3YOs Let Her Rip and Sally's Mustang are up to the task. "They are very promising and will both be set for Riccarton," he said. Let Her Rip made a good impression in the autumn with a debut win at Matamata followed by a creditable seventh at Ellerslie when jumping from the outside gate. The daughter of Rip Van Winkle then crossed the Tasman where she ran a meritorious fifth (beaten only 2-lengths) behind Poppette in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington. "She hasn't had a lot of luck and we had to ride her cold at Auckland and then at Flemington she jumped half decent for the first time when we didn't really want her to," Ritchie said. "Craig Williams got off her and said the inside part of the track that day was like quicksand. He couldn't get off the fence so that played against her and the run was full of merit." Let Her Rip is now back in the stable and she won't be over-taxed on her way to the 1000 Guineas," Ritchie said. "She'll have a lighter preparation than most and she will have one run into the Soliloquy Stakes and then down to Christchurch." Sally's Mustang, a daughter of dual Gr1-winning sprinter Nicconi, won first time out at Te Rapa in February before being spelled after going shin sore. "Sally's Mustang is another very good filly and she's been back in a bit longer. She put on 50 kilos while she was out," Ritchie said. Sally's Mustang is out of the Lucky Owners mare Think Fast, a half-sister to the richly talented three-time Gr1 winner March Hare.