PROMISING youngster Ripp is in a prime position to match one of his star dam’s feats this weekend.
Thanks to his effortless heat success, Ripp is engaged in Saturday night’s Australian Pacing Gold Bullion Final at Club Menangle.
By Somebeachsomewhere, Ripp is from former top youngster Musical Delight, which had her career cut short after 18 starts, which netted 11 wins and five placings for a bankroll of $248,910.
Musical Delight’s biggest triumph was in the 2012 APG Final as a two-year-old.
Restricted to a debut win last season, Ripp has made a claim as being New South Wales’ top three-year-old with four wins and a third from five starts.
Ripp’s victories include last month’s Group One Bathurst Gold Chalice Final.
“I really like him and think he can got a fair way,” Hewitt said. “He had a nasty injury after one start last year which made him miss the rest of the season.
“He went through a dry creek bed and stripped his back leg right into his tendon.
“He had all the time he needed to recover and I’m pretty pleased with the way he has come back.
“He’s had five starts for four wins and third, so you can’t ask for much more from him.”
Rapt with the gelding’s progress, trainer Bernie Hewitt is confident Ripp can add the $125,000 Final to his impressive tally.
To be driven by Doug Hewitt, Ripp has drawn to search for the lead from barrier two.
Defending champion My Ultimate Byron shapes as the main danger from the pole.
“I’m happy with his draw and expect him to be right in the finish,” Hewitt said. “He has come through his heat in top shape and is ready to run a big race.
“My Ultimate Byron went well in his heat and is clearly the one to beat.”
Hewitt will also be represented by Jewel Melody in the two-year-old fillies’ division.
Also a Group One winner during the Bathurst Gold Carnival, Jewel Melody is a $1.20 favourite from barrier five.
“She has trained on brilliantly since her heat and is going to be hard to beat again,” Hewitt said. “You never want to get too confident, but she is in terrific shape.”
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