Angeline shines for Ritchie stable

Angeline showing some of the talent of her dam, Megapins, when storming home to score at Te Awamutu yesterday.

Angeline showing some of the talent of her dam, Megapins, when storming home to score at Te Awamutu yesterday.

The manner in which Angeline cleared maiden ranks at Te Awamutu yesterday has her trainer, Shaune Ritchie, lifting his sights with the daughter of Cape Blanco.

Having her third start, the grey filly was last on settling in the Cal Isuzu 1580 and standing the leaders up a dozen lengths with 800 metres to run before rider Danielle Johnson urged her forward across the top bend.

After being widest on straightening, Angeline was balanced up and unleased a powerful finish down the outside to score by a length from Lady Ferner, while Dundeel’s half-sister, Forreel, fought on for third.

Johnson was riding to instructions when not pushing Angeline in the early stages, a move which is sure to pay more dividends when the filly is asked to step up over more ground.

“If you’ve got a filly who you think will stay you’re really got no choice but to follow the plan and ride her cold and hope it comes off and that’s exactly what happened,” said Ritchie.

“That was a firm track today so obviously summer is not going to be any worry to her.

“Whether she is competitive at a mile against those better fillies is a question. Perhaps the Royal Stakes, the 2000-metre race might suit her better on the first day of January.

“We’ll certainly look at that, but she’d want to measure up in her next race as well.”

Angeline is certainly bred to master the 2000 metres of the Gr.2 $100,000 Mongolian Khan Royal Stakes at Ellerslie and develop into a genuine Oaks filly.

She is a daughter of Megapins, the Pins mare who was trained by John and Karen Parsons and won seven races with the highlight being the Gr. 2 Wellington Cup when ridden by Trudy Thornton.

“It’s lovely having a three-year-old filly that can switch off like she does,” said Ritchie. “She’ll go another lap at that pace if you let her.

“She’s got a great little attitude, a kind nature and it all helps her a lot.”

If Angeline can earn black-type in the Royal Stakes it will be timely for her owner, who is offering a half-brother by Reset as part of the Phoenix Park draft at the Select Yearling Sales at Karaka on February 1.