A spell for Wee Ripper and the Iron Jack for Yeah Dardy

Wee Ripper, shown here with jockey Shaun O’Donnell and strapper Nikita Barber, was second in a 1650m handicap on August 15. Picture: Anita McInnes

WEE Ripper, who ran second in a 1650m handicap at Belmont Park last Saturday, has gone for a three-week spell to freshen up in preparation for when racing returns to Ascot.

Trainer Justine Erkelens of Muchea said Wee Ripper had been hard to train for the first couple of years but was good now.

She said he had been late to mature and of similar personality to his mother Away Ye Go.

“He’s a determined little bugger,’’ she said.

Wee Ripper jumped well in the Mrs Mac’s Handicap (1650m) before settling back off the leaders.

Just before the 400m the six-year-old Blackfriars gelding was held up before jockey Shaun O’Donnell weaved their way to some clear running space.

Wee Ripper then tried to keep pace with Montelena, who had botched the start but powered home late to take the win with Wee Ripper finishing second.

Erkelens said Santiago Gal and Wine Night had also gone for quick break.

Tomorrow Erkelens has one starter, Yeah Dardy, in the Iron Jack Handicap (1000m).

In his last start Yeah Dardy was second in the Old Comrade Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on April 4.

He originally drew barrier 12 for tomorrow’s race but since then We’ve Got Dreams (11) and Pearls & Prawns (8) have been scratched.

The seven-year-old Demerit and Once Upon A Crime gelding was to lump 60kg but will carry 57kg after benefiting from apprentice jockey Madi Derrick’s 3kg claim.

Money Matters, Jericho Missile and Little Fish are some of the other starters in a competitive field of gallopers.

Erkelens said Yeah Dardy had drawn out wide in the 78 plus race, which had some front runners.

“He’s run well fresh so it depends on whether he’s quick away, whether (Madi) can pocket him in and how much speed is in the race.’’