In a stunning weekend on the track for Victorian sired and bred horses, it was perhaps in New Zealand that the greatest success was found.
Three Bridges foundation stallion Stryker kicked a Group 1 goal when his exciting three year-old Rangipo scored a typically hard-fought victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) on Saturday.
A serial thriller who never wins by much, Rangipo saved his best for last when he closed out a remarkable campaign with a thrilling victory in the NZ classic at Ellerslie.
Along the way, he had been successful in the G2 Great Northern, Waikato and Avondale Guineas in addition to a Group 1 placing in the Levin Classic.
Rangipo (3g Stryker – Holloway by Zabeel) credited jockey Vinnie Colgan with his sixth NZ Derby.
“I had to use him a bit early but once we got a position he switched off and travelled well. He came off the bridle on the turn and then showed his determination to just keep going.” Colgan said.
The Tony Pike trained gelding has won 7 times in 12 starts and $684,570 for prominent owner-breeders John and Margaret Thompson.
His dam Holloway won at Te Awamutu and is a half-sister to Maze (G2 Awapuni Cup), Barlinnie (LR Sunshine Coast Cup) and Penitentiary (LR Geelong Classic).
Stryker’s oldest progeny are three year-olds and also include the stakes performers Strykum, Miss Nymeria, She Is Stryking and Miss Loren as well as metro winners such as Labdien, Metier, Andrioli and Mr Markou.
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds sold 19 yearlings at Melbourne Premier for turnover of $2.04 million. Their top-priced lot was a cracking Teofilo colt from Serious Rock (Fastnet Rock) that made $340,000 to the bid of New Zealander Lance O’Sullivan.
Stryker has five entries for the upcoming Adelaide Magic Millions yearling sale.