By Ray Hickson
Trainer Edward O’Rourke is taking a very sporting approach to the challenge faced by Ringerdingding at Rosehill on Saturday.
It’s never easy to jump from midweek level to Group company at your second start and jump from gate 14 with a possible Golden Slipper berth on the line but O’Rourke said he won’t find out unless he gives the horse his chance.
Added to Ringerdingding’s task in the Group 3 $175,000 Café Culture + Insitu Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) is the presence of unbeaten Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By.
“It’ll be hard from 14 but I don’t think it will do him any harm, it’ll help him mature mentally,’’ O’Rourke said.
“You never know how these races pan out so you just have to be there and have a crack at it.
“We’ll leave it up to Jason (Collett) come Saturday, hopefully he can slot in with some cover and go from there. We need to run on Saturday to have him right for The Championships.’’
Ringerdingding ran up to his impressive trial performances, which included a win over Zousain and a close second to Aylmerton, by winning on debut at Rosehill on February 28, lowering the boom on Godolphin colt Wagner.
The best part of his win was the last 400m with Punters Intel data showing he ran 11.39 from the 400m-200m then the second fastest last 200m of 11.85.
“He’s been ridden on the pace and from behind and if we get a bit of luck we can get a good run I’d be hoping he’d be competitive,’’ O’Rourke said.
“We think he is a nice horse, the barrier won’t help but they are all there to be beaten.’’
Written By opened the $2 favourite for the Pago Pago while Ringerdingding was a $14 chance.
As for the Golden Slipper, where he’s a $101 chance with TAB, O’Rourke said he’d have to do something special, not just win, to warrant backing up but it’s not off the table.
Ringerdingding's debut win at Rosehill on February 28
He feels the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) would be an ideal race for the colt.
“I think he’ll make a nice horse at 1400m. He’d have to win well and come through well and everything go right to go again in seven days,’’ he said.
“But it’s good to have a horse going in with a chance into a Group 3, that’s the way I look at it, and he’ll be a better three-year-old whatever happens this preparation.’’’
Meanwhile, O’Rourke said Frolic will come back in distance for a race on Golden Slipper Day after she failed second-up in the Surround Stakes.
Last year’s Golden Slipper runner-up is likely to contest the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) on Saturday week with a view to having her in form for The Championships where she’s nominated for the Arrowfield Sprint.
“We’ll take a step back and get her confidence up,’’ he said.
“I don‘t think she got the 1400m the other day, she was on the worst part of the track.
“You just have to forget that second-up run, you have to be very careful second-up after a long spell because they can flatten out quite a bit.’’