In an emotional return to the winners circle, Chris Waller’s six-year-old Pentire gelding Rangirangdoo scored their second elite level victory in their injury-marred career with a gritty win in the $400,000 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill’s 2011 Golden Slipper Day.
Last autumn Rangirangdoo was in red-hot form finishing second in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and then taking out the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Badly injured after the race, Rangirangdoo was spelled after his breakthrough Group 1 success, Waller and connections taking 11 months of hard work to get their star back in racing fitness.
Rangirangdoo resumed with a first-up fourth behind the mighty More Joyous in the Group 2 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on March 19 before their feel good win in the George Ryder on April 2.
In a race full of proven gallopers and last-start winners, Rangirangdoo ($15) was ridden to perfection by Corey Brown who guided the horse over the line in a photo finish just a half-head in front of Love Conquers All ($21) with the fellow Chris Waller-trained Triple Elegance ($9) just a further half-neck back for third and Aloha running 4th.
Rangirangdoo has now won nine of his 20 career starts for over $1.7 million in prize money.
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Rangirangdoo is nominated for the $2 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 16.
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