The Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted stable had a successful Saturday at Doomben with TUMBLER RIDGE and WONDERFUL RIRI posting impressive wins.
TUMBLER RIDGE was the first to strike with a strong victory in the QTIS 3YO Handicap over 1615m, passing his first test at the distance with flying colours.
It was a welcome return to form for the son of SPILL THE BEANS, having been unplaced in his three previous runs of the preparation.
Ridden by apprentice Justin Huxtable, TUMBLER RIDGE stalked the speed and took over early in the home straight before scoring by 1.25 lengths. Stablemate BETTER GET SET was brave in third after racing ungenerously in front.
Stakes placed as a 2YO during last year’s winter carnival, TUMBLER RIDGE’s total prizemoney has now climbed to $277,050 from 13 career starts.
In the closing event on Saturday’s card, former Victorian mare WONDERFUL RIRI came from well back in the field to win the 1350m Class 6 Plate.
The 5YO daughter of BARBADOS was cluttered up behind horses coming to the home turn but sliced her way through the pack to score by three-quarters of a length. It was an excellent ride by Ben Thompson, who currently sits fifth in the Brisbane Jockeys Premiership.
WONDERFUL RIRI has been a handy addition to the stable, winning twice and finishing second in three starts since moving from Victoria.