A WELL earned break before another feature campaign, that’s the schedule with promising freshman Captain Ritchie.
Speaking after Captain Ritchie’s Australian Pacing Gold Bullion success at Club Menangle last night, trainer Paul Fitzpatrick revealed his plans for the two-year-old.
Set to give the son of Captaintreacherous “at least a month off”, Fitzpatrick will then take aim at the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge.
Heats of the futurity begin in early October, with the $150,000 Final to be conducted at Club Menangle on the 29th.
“He has come a long way and put together a handy record in a short time,” Fitzpatrick said. “Three wins and a second from five starts, including a Group One, is a good start to his career.
“He’ll have a nice spell now and I’ll give him as long as possible off before we get going again.
“The Breeders’ Challenge is not until late in the year, so he can have at least a month off and still have plenty of time to get back to race fitness before the heats.”
With Fitzpatrick’s son Gavin in the cart, Captain Ritchie began quickly from barrier 10 to be settled two-back along the pegs as the previously unbeaten My Ultimate Snowy led from gate three.
Angled into the clear at the top of the home straight, Captain Ritchie reached the front in the last stride to score by a short half-head from Sweetheart Bart, which trailed the pacemaker.
Captains Knock was five-and-a-half metres away third in 1:52.8 over the 1609-sprint.
“He only just got there, but he got there which is what counts,” Fitzpatrick said. “He’s shown he has his share of ability and I think he can go a fair way as he gains more experience and maturity.”
- PAUL COURTS