Patient Ritchie Hoping For Second Win

Shaune Ritchie is hoping his patience can bag a second Queensland victory for his former New Zealand Derby winner Military Move.

The Cambridge trainer produced the veteran to win the $A100,000 Toowoomba Cup last time out and will look for further silverware this Saturday.

Ritchie opted to bypass the Listed $A175,000 Ipswich Cup in favour of the Gr.3 $A200,000 Tattersall’s Cup on the more suitable Eagle Farm track.  “I was just worried about the weight he got around such a tight-turning track,” Ritchie said.

“We’re going to save him for the Tatt’s Cup at Eagle Farm – I don’t believe it will be any stronger than the Ipswich Cup and hopefully it will suit him a little better.

“We’re hoping there’s a horse in there that might just squash the weights down a little.   “Lumbering that big weight around Ipswich would be a step too hard and if he’s going to carry that sort of weight, he’s better off doing it around Eagle Farm.”

Ritchie said Military Move was loving life in Queensland and hadn’t missed a beat since his Toowoomba victory. “He’s done really well. We’ve taken him to the beach down by Seaworld there. “There’s a little spit down there and he’s loving that. He’s really thriving, certainly not looking like the rising eight-year-old he is.”

Military Move tops the handicap on Saturday with 58kg and will be ridden by Ric McMahon.