RIPPLED ripped along the rail to win yesterday’s Yellowglen Maiden Plate (1600m) for young Scone trainer Andrew Macdonald.
Dale Spriggs rode the grey daughter of Dalkhani and was impressed by the lightly-raced five-year-old’s effort but not her capacity to hang.
“Just getting her to go straight was the hard part,” he said after the win.
Once he managed that, she rushed to a half length win from race leader From The Valley with Blinkin Ferocious a long neck away third.
Rippled was having her fourth race start after resuming from a long break with a ninth at Gosford.
“I’m mainly breaking in and pre-training,” Macdonald said.
“I’ve got a couple of my own.”
He’s been in Scone for the last six years working and training.
“I left school when I was 16. I went droving and did the rounds,” he said as he headed off to the swabbing box.
Meanwhile, Armidale Jockey Club prepares for its first meeting since mid-year when it stages a six-race SKY 2 TAB meeting on Saturday.
The club will also present some of its club premiership awards to Sue Grills, Ben Looker and the Lesley Jeffriess-trained Stretch.
“Sue won our trainers’ premiership with 11 winners, Ben Looker won the jockeys’ premiership and Stretch won the most races here,” secretary Jim Dedes said.
“Angela Burke, from the Armidale Express, will make the presentations.”
Jeffriess was delighted to find her gelding, Stretch, had won the most races at Armidale last season.
“He won three in a row up there,” she said.
“Norma (Norma Jurd, one of the Stretch syndicate) will be tickled pink.”
Jeffriess said she and Stretch will head back to Armidale on Saturday.
“He likes the track.
“We would have been there every week but they haven’t had a meeting there for a while.”
Stretch was one of 15 nominations for Saturday’s $8000 Member Satisfaction Benchmark 55 Handicap (1900m) at Armidale, receiving 55.5kg in the weights.