The Courage Under Fire three year old Rip Roaring has threatened to win a race several times this season.
Rip Roaring was originally trained by “Coaster” Howe in Canterbury for whom he ran seven placings which was followed by a placing in his one start out of the Cox and Hoffman barn in Otago before joining the barn of Peter Scaife in the North Island.
A third in his first start in the North at Cambridge last week continued his run of placings which was finally broken in the Malcolm Wrigley Insurance Services Pace at Alexandra Park this evening.
Sent forward out of the gate from barrier four by driver Zac Butcher, Rip Roaring took a trail after 300 meters behind Monterey Jack driven by Josh Dickie.
There Rip Roaring sat until the 200 meters when he took advantage of the passing lane to swoop late for a well-deserved win.
The breakthrough win came at start twenty but he has also been placed nine times on his way to earning $13,096 in stakes to date.
He paced the 2200 meters in 2:47.3, a mile rate of 2:02.4 with closing sectionals of 58.2 and 28.
Bred in Canterbury by Studholme Bloodstock Limited, Rip Roaring is raced by Bill “Gouty” Davis, Colin Tennant and Selwyn pig farmer Ray Seebeck.
The trio are well known around Canterbury harness racing tracks as the owners of the former smart Canterbury trotter Beat The Monarch 1:58.7 ($107,325) who did a great job for his owners over several seasons before his sale to Australia.
Ray Seebeck is still getting over the win of Gotta Grunter, who he races with long time fellow pig farmer Pete Molloy, who cleared maidens at the recent Timaru meeting.
The owners of Rip Roaring are three of the nicer people involved in this industry and Rip Roaring's win tonight is just reward for all the investment they have made in harness racing.