By Phillip Quay
Cambridge-trained 3yo Dawn Patrol, pictured, maintained his unbeaten record in fine style in the Fairview Motors 3yo at Matamata today.
Ridden by comeback jockey Opie Bosson, Dawn Patrol outfinished his rivals in the 1400m event.
“It was a step up today and he’s still got a few things to learn,” said trainer Frank Ritchie.
“Opie settled him nicely and he got good cover,” Ritchie said.
“He is nominated for the Karaka Million three-year-old,” said Ritchie said.
“We will think about the Two Thousand Guineas at Riccarton next month but I worry about the trip home from Riccarton,” he said.
Dawn Patrol had won on debut at the Matamata meeting on September 26 and before that he had recorded two wins and a placing from three trials.
Successful owner Rex Jensen has been a client of the Ritchie stable for more than 40 years and has tasted his share of success over the years with his best performers being Winning Wave and her half-brother Likely Story which he co-bred and raced in partnership.
Winning Wave won seven races with five of them being in succession. The highlight of that winning streak was victory in the 1997 Gr.1 Thorndon Mile after taking the Listed Anniversary Handicap on the first day at Trentham.
Winning Wave then went on next start to finish first equal with another Group One performer, It’s My Sin, in the Listed Trust Bank Classic at Tauranga, while Likely Story emerged a few years later and picked up six wins and took Jensen and Ritchie to Adelaide.
Jensen’s latest winner was bred locally by Monovale Holdings and he has been taken along patiently by Ritchie.