Memories of Rangirangdoo rekindled

Rose Imperial (Sam Collett) stretching out nicely for an easy debut win at Matamata.

Rose Imperial (Sam Collett) stretching out nicely for an easy debut win at Matamata.

The name of Group One winner Rangirangdoo cropped up at the Matamata races this week after one of the most impressive performances of the day.

Rose Imperial, a three-year-old Pentire filly ridden by Sam Collett, created a big impression when making a successful debut in the Jim and Ann Gibbs 1400 yesterday. She led and kicked away strongly in the final stages to win by three and a quarter lengths from the Tim and Margaret Carter-trained Livingston.

Rose Imperial is a three-quarter sister to Rangirangdoo and is trained by Tony Pike and was bred and is raced by his parents, Wayne and Vicki, who also bred Chris Waller’s Group One star.

“She surprised me a bit with the acceleration she showed in the straight,” said Wayne Pike. “It was a bit like Rangirangdoo.

“We’ve had to be patient with her and she’s going to improve a lot with that run, too.”

The Gr. 1 Doncaster Handicap and Gr.1 George Ryder Stakes were the biggest highlights in the 10 wins of Rangirangdoo, but he was also successful in the Gr. 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley and two other Group races. His long list of major placings included Group One seconds in the Epsom Handicap, Chipping Norton Stakes, George Main Stakes and Ranvet Stakes (twice).

Rangirangdoo was by Pentire from the Pike’s good racemare She Wishes, who won three races and was black-type placed four times, including a second in the Gr. 3 Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail Stakes and Sydney’s Listed P.J. Bell Handicap.

She Wishes had a brief breeding career before her death and of her four foals three got to the races and all were winners. As well as Rangirangdoo, Master Hunter (who raced in Hong Kong as Friendly Gains) won four races and was Group Three-placed in the Taranaki 2YO Classic and Jacquart has won twice.

She Wishes’ other foal is Lily Bollinger (by O’Reilly), the unraced dam of Rose Imperial.