Winter Cup: Shaune Ritchie eyes Australian winter raid with in-form NZ stayer The Good Fight

Co-trainer Shaune Ritchie believes NZ raider The Good Fight is travelling as good as he ever has as he prepares for his latest Australian assault in Saturday’s Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill.

The High Chaparral stayer arrived in Australia on Sunday as Ritchie and training partner Colm Murray prepare to plot a late winter raid with their six-year-old that may see him head to Queensland.

The Good Fight last raced in Australian in 2019, finishing second in a race at Rosehill in late August of that year before a sixth in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup and 10th in the Group 3 Bart Cummings.

“He has been here before and ran second carrying a big weight with Hugh Bowman on at Rosehill two years ago but has come back more mature,” Ritchie said.

“He is coming off that strong win last start. A little bit of rain will benefit his chances.

“He’s got a winter coat so he won’t be a standout in the bird cage but he’s eaten and drunk well since he’s got here and I expect he can repeat his last start performance.

“We’re that will see him stack up over here, it’s always hard to know but he should run well.”

The Good Fight was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Rotorua Cup (2200m) last start when scoring by 3¾ lengths on a heavy track on May 15.

The performance encouraged Ritchie to test his stayer in Australia again with few options available to him across the ditch.

“It was a dominant win the other day with 53kg and the two horses that dominated the weights in that race have gone for a break so all of the sudden he goes to racing with a big weight for little prize money,” Ritchie said.

“A race like the Winter Cup, he gets in with conditions to suit and should get the right sort of run.

“We want to see him perform on Saturday and if he does we will look to something like the Tatts Cup or Caloundra Cup and follow the clouds if we can.”

The $200,000 Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) is held at Eagle Farm on June 26 while the $175,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) is the following week at the Sunshine Coast.

Jay Ford will pilot The Good Fight on Saturday with the final field for the Winter Cup to be declared on Wednesday.

Originally published asKiwi stayer to put up Good Fight in Winter Cup

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