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Premier purchase looking for higher honours

6th May 2013

Central Districts galloper Ringo (NZ) (Fastnet Rock) enhanced his growing reputation with a decisive win in the last race on the card at Te Rapa on the weekend and set himself up for a tilt at higher honours later in the year.

The victory completed a hat-trick of wins from just four starts for the Mike Breslin trained gelding who was bought by the trainer at the premier session of the 2011 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling sale.

Ringo (NZ) (Fastnet Rock)

“We went to Karaka that year hoping to buy one of the two Fastnet Rock colts we had our eye on for a syndicate we had put together before the sale and managed to get this guy on the first day for what we thought was a real bargain,” explained Breslin. “As it turned out the second colt we liked also went for less than we thought he would and we bought him as well.”

Early indications from the training track were that the second of Breslin’s purchases, who races under the name Rock Band, might have the wood on his stablemate however it is Ringo who has put together a winning record to date.

“He has just kept improving from the first day he stepped on the track and at this stage we’re not sure just how good he is,” enthused Breslin. “Everyone who has ridden him has said he is doing things on his raw ability alone and he hasn’t really been extended yet.

“On Saturday Opie (rider Opie Bosson) said he waited for the others to get near him and still hadn’t hit top gear at the winning post so there was plenty more to offer if he had needed it.

“I’m going to take a few days now and discuss things with his owners but it is likely he may go into the paddock for a break before we bring him back in the spring.

“We had been thinking about the possibility of sneaking him over to Sydney or Melbourne so that will also be discussed but I don’t see anything more for him here in this campaign as he won’t handle the really deep tracks.”

Breslin believes that Ringo has the makings of a top horse and will look at targeting a stakes race with him early in his next campaign.

“He’s going to make into a lovely staying horse in the future but as he has a real turn of foot one of those black-type mile races in the spring could be a nice goal for him in his next preparation.”

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