Now to cut loose at black-type

Cut Loose (Mark Du Plessis) making it look easy at Hastings yesterday.

Cut Loose (Mark Du Plessis) making it look easy at Hastings yesterday.

Promising Cambridge three-year-old Cut Me Loose sealed a tilt at black-type with an all-the-way win at Hastings yesterday.

Rider Mark Du Plessis bounced Cut Me Loose out and dictated the terms in front in the Per Incanto 3YO 1400, then eased the tempo before asking the son of Swiss Ace to sprint clear on straightening. From then on it was a one-horse act as Cut Me Loose went to the finish a length and three-quarters clear of runner-up Twenty One Times.

The win was the second from three starts and both wins have been at Hastings. He won his debut on the track over 1200 metres last November, but then finished ninth in a strong form race behind Break My Stride and Tavidream at Ellerslie on Karaka Million night.

“He was on and off the bit at Ellerslie and it looked like he was losing concentration which is why he had the addition of blinkers today,” said trainer Shaune Ritchie.

“His concentration levels have improved with the blinkers. Mark rode him like he was the best horse in the race.

“He’s going to have to lift a few levels if we’re going to tackle better races, but he’s got a lovely fluent action.”

Ritchie now has the Gr.2 Grant Plumbing Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham on March 18 on the programme for Cut Me Loose, who races in Gerry Harvey’s NZ Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd colours.

Ruby Bloom (Sam Weatherley) gaining a deserved win at Hastings yesterday.

Ruby Bloom (Sam Weatherley) gaining a deserved win at Hastings yesterday.

Ritchie also won the next race at Hastings, the Trinity Hill 1200, with another promising type, Ruby Bloom, who was ridden by Matamata apprentice Sam Weatherley.

Like Cut Me Loose, Ruby Bloom went straight to the front. Weatherley sat quietly on the five-year-old when taken on by Hundyamonth and gave her a slap with 300 metres to run, asking her to accelerate. Ruby Bloom responded well and kicked away strongly to score by a length and a quarter from Save The Stars.

“She really deserved that,” said Ritchie. “She’s remarkably consistent, but has always run into nice horses going through the grades.”

Ruby Bloom cleared maiden ranks at Ruakaka 14 months ago and since then has been placed on five occasions with three of the placings leading into yesterday’s win.

She was second to the talented Royal Fashion at Matamata on January 13, then third behind Its Our Showtime at Pukekohe and second to Chicane at Ellerslie.