Last Saturday’s Victoria Debry winning jockey John Allen was back at Flemington on Saturday having served a suspension from the Derby programme and he commenced his winning ways again with Ringerdingding in the $150,000, listed Watch Racing.com Springtime Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old’s.
The now Darren Weir trained Sebring colt had been campaigned in leading races when trained in Sydney through last autumn and then into the spring without success except for a first up win over 1100m at Rosehill in February and then a spring win over 1400m at Bendigo on October 10th.
Further improvement was evident with a 1 1/4L third to Charge in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes over 1200m at The Valley on the Cox Plate programme on October 27th.
The win on Saturday looked anything but certain on the $4.20 favourite with Allen taking some time once they were in the main straight to find clear racing room for Ringerdingding. They had been in the last four at the 500m and then Allen went wide behind the field of 14.
At the 300m Allen was still extricating Ringerdingding from traffic, but finally by the 200m he was out and had the colt balanced for a run at the leaders.
Inside of Ringerdingding there was a battle line abreast between Scottish Rogue with Kerrin McEvoy, Secret Vega and Joe Bowditch and Enbihaar and Mark Zahra. All eyes were on these three in their stride for stride struggle, then out in the middle of the track Ringerdingding arrived, having lengthened very well with the clear running room.
Ringerdingding was travelling so well he not only made up his considerable deficit, but went past the three inside to win with a 1/2L margin going away.
Scottish Rogue (Rothesday), Secret Vega (Lope de Vega) and Enbihaar (Magnus) finished in that order separated by a short half-head and a further short half-head.
Ringerdingding and John Allen, picture Quentinjlang.com
“He has got a great turn-of-foot when things go his way. A bit of ‘heart in the mouth’ sort of stuff. He is a get back sort of horse, but he has that great turn-of-foot," said Weir.
“As he gets out further he might settle a bit (more). It might make it a bit easier on himself. He was in a tricky position, but when Johnny bustled his way out there at the top of the straight, he got him balanced up and he really let go late.
“Look, you can be fortunate and get these horses at the right time when they have matured a bit more, but you have got to tinker with a few things and he has fitted into the system really well now. And the addition of blinkers at the right time has been a real key move.”
Weir was asked about targeting the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington next March with Ringerdingding, but he suggested that the $250,000, Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Sandown next week might be the immediate target.
“If he has a good week we might back him up next week in the Sandown Guineas. He is a tough little horse and, he is a bit like (Derby winner) Extra Brut. You have got to keep working him to keep on top of him just to keep his manners right. When they get in that frame of mind, how fit and well they are, they could race every week these types of horses,” he said.
“With last Saturday, it is good to back that up with a winner today," said Allen.
“A good effort by the horse. I did not really want to get inside a horse early, but one came around us and pushed us back in. He is not very happy when he is amongst horses, a bit colty. We just had to wait at the back in the straight and then get to the outside.
"Once he got out and asked to quicken up, he showed a really good turn-of-foot. The long straight at Flemington definitely helped," he said.
Ringerdingding, out of the Red Ranson mare Maybe, is raced by a group including Wulf Mula’s Aston Bloodstock, Rosemary Mula, B2B Bloodstock, Mr S E C Duke, G and C Pastoral Co Pty Ltd and Segenhoe Thoroughbreds Australia. The colt has now earned stakes of $189,295.
Watch Racing.com Springtime Stakes, photo finish picture Racing.com