Ragamuffin Ruthless - 3 Win Wednesday

Date: 2 Mar 2022

Ragamuffin Ruthless - 3 Win Wednesday


In a grandstand finish, Ragamuffin (3 g Belardo - Short Tale, by Pins) got his nose down to win the $15,000 Maiden 1200 metres on 2 March at Hastings.


Spelled after two starts, most recently without luck in a Maiden 1215 metres on 16 November at Rotorua, Ragamuffin indicated his readiness when finishing strongly to win at the trials on 14 February at Te Rapa, and was aided by weight relief to 55kg under Te Akau apprentice Niranjan Parmar.

After working up second, Ragamuffin travelled kindly before launching into a three-way contest which continued for the length of the straight and the barest margin separated second-placed stable-mate Pisco Sour (I Am Invincible) and Thatsmorelikeit (Showcasing), third.  Te Akau debutante Patriarca (Savabeel) finished fourth.

Sponsored by Team LA Pick Lot 748, Ragamuffin ran 1200 metres in 1:12.3 on Dead4 footing and drifted in betting to pay $6.40 & $2.70 on NZ TAB tote.

“He showed a bit of ticker in a tight finish and the three-kilo allowance was a big help,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “He fought, displayed tenacity, and got his head down at the right time.

“He didn't have much luck at his last start and we'd been happy with him after a break and he'd trialled well since. It was good to see him win like that.”

In training for Fortuna Ragamuffin Syndicate (Mgr: John Galvin), Richards provided the first NZ success for Haunui Farm shuttle stallion Belardo (Lope de Vega) when Avonallo won the Welcome Stakes (Listed, 1000m) on New Zealand Cup Day at Riccarton.

“I thought we were done and it looked like the outside horse (Pisco Sour) was going to gather us in, but then Ragamuffin fought back,” Galvin said. “It was very pleasing.

“It's taken him time to mature and that's why we gave him a break after his first two starts, which was a pretty good call by Jamie (Richards), I think, to do that.

“This time in, he's been a lot stronger, while still more strengthening to come, but he came out today and won a Maiden race. He's got it all in front of him.

“He the fourth Maiden winner for Fortuna this calendar year, all selected by David (Ellis), that's Madame Moet, Soprano Supreme, Dancarina and Ragamuffin. The first three were bought as yearlings and Ragamuffin's a Ready to Run Sale purchase. We're going well.”

Ragamuffin was bought by David Ellis CNZM for $80,000 at 2020 NZB Ready to Run Sale, from draft of Lilywhites Lodge.

At the time of purchase, Ellis said: “Belardo had six stakes' winners internationally and he was a medium sized colt that we thought was the most similar looking colt in the sale to Avonallo.

Dam sire Pins (Snippets), an outstanding sire of over 2700 winners (137 stakes winners) has already proved himself as a Group 1 producing broodmare sire, while the family constitutes some high-quality thoroughbreds including All In Vogue (Pins), stallion What's The Story (Savabeel), and triple Group 1 winner Tall Poppy (Kaapstad).

Ragamuffin was strapped by Reece Trumper.


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