Three Bridges Thoroughbreds stallion Stryker has unveiled another smart first-crop winner in New Zealand.

His promising gelding Rangipo cleared out for a three length victory in the Erickson Whanau Maiden (1000m) at Taupo on Friday. He was racing first-up for trainer Tony Pike after two unplaced efforts for Doug Cave last season.

“I’m still learning about him – he only arrived here last month but I knew he would run well based on his trial at Cambridge,” Pike revealed. “Vinnie (Colgan) never let his head go that day and he won by a couple of lengths. He’s a pretty smart horse.”

Stryker’s only other starter across the Tasman has been recent Taupo winner She Is Stryking. The Frank Ritchie trained filly was Group 2 placed earlier this year and she holds a nomination for the G1 NZ 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 14.

Rangipo (3g Stryker – Holloway by Zabeel) has the potential to embark on a black-type career of his own and is bred to get over ground for owner-breeders John and Margaret Thompson. His dam is a half-sister to Penitentiary (LR Geelong Classic) and Maze (G2 Awapuni Gold Cup).

In Australia, Stryker sired 5 first-crop winners last season headed by LR Queen Adelaide Stakes winner Strykum. The Lee Freedman trained filly scored first-up at Moonee Valley last month and she will target the G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 10 or the LR Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on October 14.

Stryker (Fastnet Rock) was a Group 3 winner of the BTC Classic at Doomben and Three Bridges stands him for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.

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