Williamson Ready To Rip In Sunshine Coast Cup

By: Sarah Fortnum
January 31st, 2012
Breaking News

Ready To Rip is due to run in the Sunshine Coast Cup at Caloundra this Sunday, after the race was cancelled last Friday night due to the rain.

With the original meeting washed out, the Sunshine Coast Cup has been added to this Sunday’s Sunshine Coast Racecourse program.

Ready To Rip finished eighth in his last start in the $400,00 Magic Millions Cup behind Spirit Of Boom.

Trainer Andrew Williamson told of Ready To Rip’s turbulent campaign so far.

“It’s just been a really frustrating campaign…and hopefully we can finish on a winning note this Sunday,” Williamson said.

Ready To Rip won first-up in the XXXX Gold Handicap at the Sunshine Coast on November 1 before posting a close second in town in the $50,000 Height 4 Hire Handicap at Eagle Farm.

Since then, the four-year-old gelding has finished better than sixth on just one occasion.

Williamson is confident a rain affected track would suit the More Than Ready gelding on Sunday.

“This is a fantastic wet weather track so if it goes back to a Slow 5 or 6 that would be perfect,” he said.

“The horses is good…and providing everything’s right he’ll go around.”

The trainer is hoping to improve Ready To Rip’s rating in time for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, where the horse will be chasing a spot in the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap field.

“we’ve got to get his ratings up because he’s a 91 later at the moment,” Williamson said.

“That’s our main goal, but whether we get there or not we’ll have to wait and see.”

The horse will be sent for an immediate spell following this Sunday’s Caloundra Cup, no matter the race result.

Ready To Rip has won five of his 31 race starts and has earned more than $225,000 in prize money.


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