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Talented Kiwi Mare Stakes Bound
In-form mare Let Her Rip (Rip Van Winkle-Keeper Special, by Keeper) has black-type targets ahead of her, reports NZ Racing Desk. Cambridge trainer Shaune Ritchie will give the 4YO her first chance in the Gr2 Westbury Classic over 1400 metres at Ellerslie on 11 March. "There's some very good mares around at the moment, but she's entitled to have a crack at it and that will be a good test for her," Ritchie said. "If she runs very well then she could go to the New Zealand Breeders' Stakes at Te Aroha a month later." he added: "There is a little question mark about the mile, but she won well over 1400 metres on a slow track the other day." Let Her Rip, who advanced her record to four wins from 14 starts at New Plymouth last time out, has had two previous attempts at a mile. She finished fifth in last season's Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas and was subsequently unplaced over the trip at Sandown during a three-start Victorian campaign.