Ripper Rita wins the VOBIS Sires Guineas
Congratulations to trainer Greg Eurell and connections of the Oakland Park bred filly Ripper Rita taking our the $475,000 Vobis Sires Guineas at Caulfield on Saturday.
Really pleasing to see Oakland Park bred horses winning on the big stage.
Street Boss was bred by Neville and Susan Duncan of WA’s Oakland Park Stud and was sold through our 2019 Inglis Premier draft to trainer Greg Eurell for $150k. She has now won 2 starts and almost $350k in prizemoney. Congratulations to all her connections!
Greg Eurell will attempt to end a Group 1 drought next month with Ripper Rita, winner of the $500,000 VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Cranbourne-based trainer revealed plans for Ripper Rita, a daughter of Street Boss, to contest the $500,000 G1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 1.
“She drew poorly and she never had it easy in the run, she was trapped wide, as we saw,” Eurell said.
“To her credit she kept digging in and the runner-up is no slouch either, so it was a good effort.
“There’s no doubt she has talent but she’s such a big horse and taken a while to mature but she’s just starting to get into her right time now.”
While Ripper Rita ($9) covered extra ground in the three-year-old set-weights race, winning rider Jamie Mott rode a smart tactical race as Jamie Kah, aboard Beau Rossa ($2 favourite), opted to stay in the box-seat and was snookered by Ripper Rita around the home turn.
Ripper Rita opened a winning break as Beau Rossa switched off heels in search of clear galloping room and drove late, missing by a short half head on the line, with Miss Inbetween ($6.50) a further 2.25 lengths away in third.
“I thought if I get on my bike and get going, my horse sprinted really hard and I was surprised that Beau Rossa did challenge me because mine didn’t peak at all,” Mott said.
“Inside the final 70 metres, Beau Rossa got up alongside me and I half thought I might be done but she stuck her head out and wanted to win. She’s a really nice filly.”
Eurell’s most recent G1 winner was Pinker Pinker in the 2011 Cox Plate and her final G1 start was the stable’s latest placing at the elite level when runner-up in the 2012 Futurity Stakes.
Ripper Rita has raced six times for two wins and three placings. She was Stakes-placed during Melbourne Cup Week when third in the $175,000 Listed Desirable Stakes (1400m) last November.