RipaRipaRipaRipaRipa Artois on the heavy at Mornington   Leave a comment

4 year old bay gelding (1-10-2007) Sire: Bel Esprit Dam: Zartois (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) View Pedigree Report
Breeder: Mr M Phillips
Owners: M G & Mrs G T Phillips
Colours: Royal Blue, White V, Royal Blue, White And Yellow Checked Sleeves And Cap
Gear Changes: Blinkers FIRST TIME

Trainer:Michael Phillips (Pakenham)     Jockey:Peter Mertens 57.5kg     Barrier:
Record: 16:2-3-2     Prizemoney:$49,025    1st Up: 4:1-1-0    2nd Up: 3:0-0-1
Track: 1:1-0-0     Dist: 1:1-0-0     Track/Dist: 1:1-0-0     Good: 5:0-1-0     Dead: 5:0-1-2     Slow: 2:1-0-0     Heavy: 4:1-1-0
Distance(s) Won: 1000 (1), 1524 (1)

Blinkers put Artois in ripping form

01 May, 2012 12:00 AM

NAR NAR Goon trainer Michael Phillips put the blinkers on Ripa Artois and immediately got the desired result.

Ripa Artois won the Beleura Retirement Village Handicap (1524m) at Mornington on Thursday, upstaging $1.45 favourite Arboreta.

Phillips said his four-year-old gelding had been beset by injury problems over his 16-race career.

It was also the first time the Bel Esprit-sired sprinter had worn blinkers, with Phillips sceptical about putting blinkers on a horse who is already spirited in the barriers.

“It was pretty good. It’s always good to get a win and it was a competitive race with a short-priced favourite,” Phillips said.

“He had blinkers on for the first time – he had them on in work but he hadn’t raced in them before.”

Ripa Artois was sitting fourth on the fence when jockey Peter Mertens steered along the rail to beat home Michael O’Neill’s Gulf Master ($9) and Mick Price’s Arboreta.

“I think he has overachieved when he was young and we thought he was city class,” Phillips said. “He has had a few problems with joints since then.”

Phillips said he will tread warily with Ripa Artois with no firm decision on where he will race next.

“We’ll see how he comes through,” he said.

Watch the jockey and trainer relate the race: 
Brian Donohoe shared a link.

Race 4
Beleura Retirement Village-C1
Time: 1:38.48. Starters: 6. Handicap Class 1. Track: Heavy. Prizemoney: $15,000 – 1st: $8,775 2nd: $2,700 3rd: $1,350.
Fin Mgn Horse Details Trainer Jockey
1   5. Ripa Artois 4g   Bel Esprit x Zartois (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ)) M G Phillips P Mertens (2)
    Not Offered
  Last Start: 5 – Cranbourne 5/04/2012, Robertson’s Coatings Hcp (58), 1600m Details
2 2.0 4. Gulf Master 4g   Denon (USA) x Gulf Mistress (Danzig Connection (USA)) M J O’Neill P Hutchinson (6)
    Not Offered
3 1.8 3. Arboreta 4m   Exceed And Excel x Arboretum (Woodman (USA)) M G Price C Newitt (4)
    Lot 251; 2009 MM Conrad Jupiters Yearling Sale; Vendor – Brooklyn Lodge; Buyer – MICK PRICE  $70,000
4 5.6 6. Acclaimed Chaos 4g   Umatilla (NZ) x Florenette (Vettori (IRE)) P A Healey J R Todd (3)
5 6.1 2. Ballyrain 5g   Rain Gauge x Ballytuls (Distinctly North (USA)) Stephen Hutchinson D W Stackhouse (1)
6 16.1 1. Brezhnev 4g   Keep The Faith x Blue Russian (Baryshnikov) E Bromfield M J Walker (5)

Posted April 26, 2012 by belesprit09 in Progeny winners

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