Makfi beckons Let Her Rip

Chris Johnson weaving his magic on Let Her Rip at Rotorua.

Chris Johnson weaving his magic on Let Her Rip at Rotorua.

Smart Cambridge mare Let Her Rip is likely to find herself keeping the best of company later in the year.

The Cambridge mare is currently in the paddock after earning a break with all-important black-type credit from her last-start victory in the Gr.3 Rotorua Stakes.

Let Her Rip’s Rotorua success came at the expense of the subsequent Trentham winner New York Minute and the Group Three winners Underthemoonlight and Gypsy Fair.

“She’s having a month off and later on we’ll look to give her a quiet trial somewhere and we’ll probably run in the Tarzino Trophy (formerly the Makfi Challenge Stakes) first-up,” said trainer Shaune Ritchie. “She’s got a great fresh record and if she strikes a wet track at Hastings it wouldn’t worry her at all.”

A daughter of Rip Van Winkle, the four-year-old has won five races on the full range of underfoot conditions.

Meanwhile, Let Her Rip’s younger stablemate Cut Me Loose might be in contention for a trip to Australia next season.

The son of Swiss Ace has won two of his four starts for Ritchie and in his most recent appearance he finished third in the Gr.2 Wellington Guineas behind the well-performed Saracino.

“We planned to take him to Queensland, but he went through a growth spurt and came right up in behind so we backed off,” said Ritchie.

“He’s still green as grass, but he might be good enough to go to Melbourne in the spring.”

– NZ Racing Desk.