Girl rips home for easy Pakenham win

Aug 22, 2017

Jockey Chris Symons showed he has unlocked the secret to getting the best out of promising filly Rip Girl in her outstanding maiden win at Pakenham.

Rip Girl had shown promise with solid outings at her previous three runs before posting an easy three-length win in Wise Choice F&M Maiden Plate (1600m) on the synthetic track.

Symons noted Rip Girl didn’t have the best of luck last time out at Geelong but the daughter of Ocean Park showed her ability with even luck in a dominant win.

Rip Girl settled fourth from barrier one but Symons was keen to get her to the outside as early as possible before three-year-old raced away in the straight to score easily.

“This filly has been going really well and is probably luckless not to have won already,” Symons said.

“I suppose today the good barrier helped and the key to her was just getting to the outside of the other runners because she wasn't overly confident inside of them.

“She was able to dictate on her terms, get out when we wanted to and she hit the front at the top of the straight so she had to sustain a long run to the wire but she did it comfortably.”

Symons had no doubt Rip Girl could continue to progress through her grades and could be effective at 2000m like her sire, who won a Cox Plate, Caulfield Stakes and New Zealand Stakes at that trip.

Rip Girl banked her first winner’s cheque for connections at Pakenham but she promises to give her band of owners plenty of excitement as she develops.

Congratulations to all involved in Rip Girl’s Pakenham Synthetic win.