Under-rated sprinter I’m A Rippa showed he wouldn’t be out of place in next month’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap following his all the way win in the Group 3 BRC Sprint at Doomben on Saturday.
I’m A Rippa jumped straight to the front for premier jockey Jeff Lloyd and fought off all challengers to score by a short neck over the fast finishing Privlaka.
Mr Sneaky was third, a similar margin away.
Trainer Tony Gollan was confident the four-year-old could bounce back to winning form after placing twice since his QTIS Stakes win on Magic Millions day at the Gold Coast in January.
I’m A Rippa’s win completed a winning treble for Lloyd who earlier won the QTIS Three-Year-Old Plate on Winter Bride and the Listed Chief De Beers on Gracida.
“This horse always gives you 100 per cent and with Jeff on he was always going to be hard to get past,” Gollan said.
“He’s got a great kick and he’s come back a better horse this preparation and he’ll improve further.
“His run last start when he ran third at the Gold Coast was really good and he just loves 1350 metres around Doomben.”
I'm A Ripper and Jeff Lloyd, inside, lead all the way, picture Sportpix.com.au
Gollan nominated I’m A Rippa for the Stradbroke Handicap but will let the dust settle before deciding whether to proceed to the big sprint.
“The Stradbroke might be a bit above him but I’ll let the dust settle and see how he pulls up,” Gollan said.
“I originally thought he might make a good Eye Liner or Glasshouse Handicap horse later in the carnival.”
Meanwhile omen punters were on the mark when Gold Coast filly Winter Bride was successful in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Plate (1200m).
Winter Bride powered home to beat Prom Queen by 1-1/4 lengths with a short half head to third placegetter, Scallopini.
On the same day as the Royal wedding in England, Winter Bride showed she was capable of further wins during the Brisbane winter carnival.
Winter Bride was runner up in the Listed Mode Plate at Doomben during the summer and was having her first start since finish sixth to Sista Act at the Sunshine Coast in late January.
The Toby Edmonds stable have a good opinion of the daughter of Not A Single Doubt who took her record to four wins in 11 starts.
“It was a huge win and she’s come back a much stronger filly after her summer campaign,” said stable foreman, Trent Edmonds.
“She’s flying and we’ll go home and see how she pulls up before deciding where to take her next.
“We wanted to lead on her but she got caught in the cheap seats. She’s a very good filly.”