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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Monday, August 21 2017

Rangipo only beat four runners home in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate, but that didn’t accurately reflect his performance on an unsuitably heavy Te Rapa track.

Rangipo  - Trish Dunell Photography

Tony Pike left the course a satisfied trainer with his Group One winner’s resuming effort on Saturday and looking forward to the Hawke’s Bay carnival.

“It was a super run. He travelled well and Leith (Innes) had to grab another hold of him with 600m to run,” he said.

“He couldn’t get out to the better part of the track and he was held up a couple of times.”

Pike has also been delighted with Rangipo’s progress since the Te Rapa race.

“He came through it really well,” he said. “It was more like a barrier trial for him and the step up to 1400 metres at Hastings will suit him even better.”

Rangipo will make his next appearance in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy on Saturday week and he holds nominations for the final two legs of the Triple Crown series, the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate and the Gr.1 Livamol Classic.

Pike also reported his impressive three-year-old winner Felton Road had come through Saturday’s outing in fine shape.

The son of Pins resumed over 1100 metres and once he saw clear air late in the straight he was smartly through the gap.

“It was good to see him come back so well,” Pike said. “He relaxed nicely and it was good to see him sprint so well on such a wet track.”

Felton Road will make his next appearance in the Listed Tavistock Northland Breeders’ Stakes on September 16.

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