New Gear For Group One Winner


Cambridge Group One mare Keep The Peace will have an addition to her headgear when she has her second-up run in Melbourne.

Trainer Shaune Ritchie (pictured) plans to put blinkers on the daughter of Keeper in a bid to improve her chances against the hot opposition she will face in the Melbourne Spring campaign.

“She needs to find a few lengths and hopefully the blinkers will do the trick,” said Ritchie. “It’ll either be a master stroke or it won’t work. She’s due to have her next run on October 2 and she’ll work in blinkers before then.”

Keep The Peace finished a creditable fresh-up sixth behind Pinker Pinker in the Group II Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington last Saturday. She was ridden by James McDonald and beaten six lengths after starting from barrier 13 in the 16-horse field.

“It was a torrid run for her from out there and she knew she had a race,” said Ritchie. “I’ll give her a bit of time to get over it. It’ll probably be 10 days before she gallops.”

Keep The Peace was one of the Group One stars for the Cambridge centre last season, beating Wall Street fresh-up in the Mudgway Partsworld Stakes at Hastings then finishing third to that horse in the other two legs of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown before a sound third in the Group II Matriarch Stakes at Flemington.

She resumed with an eyecatching third in the Group I Waikato Draught Sprint at Te Rapa then defeated Wall Street in the Group I Haunui Farm WFA Classic at Otaki.