Ritchie hoping winning streak continues

Devise (nearest camera), in the hands of Brendan Hutton, part of Shaune Ritchie's winning double at Hastings last Sunday,

Devise (nearest camera), in the hands of Brendan Hutton, was part of Shaune Ritchie’s winning double at Hastings last Sunday,

Shaune Ritchie has his fingers crossed his stable’s run of success can extend to the South Island.

Ritchie has Belle Gioia in Saturday’s Gr.1 gavelhouse.com NZ 1000 Guineas at Riccarton and she is being accompanied south by the last-start winner Bee Tee Junior.

The Cambridge trainer was successful with the talented mare Let Her Rip at Te Rapa last Saturday then the three-year-olds Devise and Cut Me Loose both cleared maiden ranks the following day at the Hawke’s Bay meeting.

While Let Her Rip’s ability was well-known to punters, Devise and Cut Me Loose are relative newcomers on the scene.

Devise, a Darci Brahma filly bred and raced by The Oaks Stud, was having just her second start when she scored a neck win over 1400 metres for apprentice Brendan Hutton.

After being unplaced in her sole trial, she had a rocky run in her debut when finishing on late for a close sixth at Pukekohe last month.

Ritchie was just getting over Devise’s win when stablemate Cut Me Loose came out in the following event at Hastings and also won.

Bred by Gerry Harvey and racing under his NZ Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd company, Cut Me Loose had finished third in the second of his two trials and made his debut in last Sunday’s Livamol Optimiser 1200.

The son of Swiss Ace was well-fancied by punters and prevailed by a half length in the hands of Mark Du Plessis.