Angeline ready for Group Two

Angeline, pictured winning at Te Awamutu, should appreciate her 2000-metre assignment today.

Angeline, pictured winning at Te Awamutu, should appreciate her 2000-metre assignment today.

Angeline will front up for the sternest test of her fledgling career in the best possible order.

The well-related Cape Blanco filly will step out in the Gr.2 Stella Artois Royal Stakes at Ellerslie today in as good condition as trainer Shaune Ritchie can have her.

“She’s been doing terrifically well and the scales are telling us that she’s in the best condition that we’ve had her,” said the Cambridge horseman.

“This has been the race she has been set for and being out of a Wellington Cup winner (Megapins) we’re sure she will stay.

“Unfortunately, she has drawn the outside so we’ll probably have to ride her a little colder.”

Angeline broke her maiden in her third start at Te Awamutu in November and in her last appearance she finished fourth behind Volpe Veloce in the Gr.3 Eulogy Stakes.

Ritchie will also have genuine winning chances at Ellerslie with Snow Secret (Gr.3 Laser Plumbing Te Puke City of Auckland Cup), Street Smart (Dunstan Feeds Stayers’ Championship Final) and La Casona (Mainstream Plumbing & Gasfitting 1400).

“Snow Secret is probably looking for two miles so the Wellington Cup will be her race,” said Ritchie.

“She has drawn well, but she’s a mare that can’t take advantage of it. When we’ve ridden her handy she hasn’t finished off her races.”

Stablemate Street Smart beat race rivals Symphonic and Pure Lorde on the course two starts back before he got back in a leader-dominated event at Te Rapa and finished off late.

“He’ll have to go back again from the draw, but the rail being in helps and he’s better at Ellerslie than he is left-handed,” said Ritchie.

“La Casona is in a hot special conditions race and she’s got the good draw so she’s an each way chance.”

– NZ Racing Desk.