Cambridge strikes with another Group win

Steven Ramsay and Julia Ritchie ensured the winning prize from yesterday’s Group II Travis Stakes remained in the Cambridge area when their mare Dolmabache stormed home to
narrowly win the Te Rapa feature.

The couple prepare Dolmabache from the Maungatautari establishment and were confident of a bold showing in the 2000-metre fillies and mares event, despite the punters allowing her to start at odds of almost 27/1.

“I was sure she would go a big race,” said Ramsay. “It was a big call to take this field on with a two-race winner, but her first-up run was a pretty fair effort and we felt she deserved her chance.”

Dolmabache ran home late for fifth fresh-up in the Listed NZ Bloodstock Insurance Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (2000m) at Awapuni after finishing second in a trial, her first public appearance from Ramsay and Ritchie’s stable since returning from Melbourne.

Dolmabache left New Zealand late last year as a one-race winner at Paeroa and won first-up in Australia, at Ballarat over 1600 metres, but did no better than a third at Moonee Valley in four more starts before it was decided to bring her back to New Zealand.

Since being back in the country Ritchie has taken Dolmabache under her wing and though she wasn’t at Te Rapa yesterday Ramsay paid credit to his partner’s input.

“She’s been Julia’s project since she came back from Australia and she’s put a lot of time into her,” he said. “She rode her in the trial and she’d have loved to have seen her win today. She’ll get a real buzz out of this win.”

Dolmabache settled well back, but got a beautiful run through the field in the home straight and grabbed victory right on the line. “The gaps opened up when I wanted and she hit the line strongly,” said rider Darryl Bradley.

O’Fille was the unlucky runner, suffering interference from Postmans Daughter in the home straight. Postmans Daughter was second past the winning post from O’Fille, but it was obvious the placings
would have to be changed. The margin between the pair was a short head, the same margin between first and second.