IT is rare for a dog to break 26 seconds on debut over the 461-metre trip in Hobart but such was the case for promising juvenile Aeroplane Ritzy at Tattersall’s Park last night (Thursday).
Aeroplane Ritzy had trialled fairly but a few hours before race start time she was quoted at $1 money back the win on all three totes.
The daughter of former National Sprint Champion Fabregas eased out but still started odds-on at $1.90 and at no stage did she give her backers any cause for alarm.
Aeroplane Ritzy jumped brilliantly from box five to lead and she extended her advantage at every turn.
The Rod Ransley-trained youngster hit the line almost 12 lengths clear of Hurricane Nell (8) with Yeah Right (7) six lengths away third.
It was an awesome display from the 20-month old pup that was bred in Victoria by her owner Braden Finn.
“I was very surprised that she had so much support early in betting because her trial times were very ordinary but in saying that I thought that if she jumped well from box five she could win,” Ransley said.
“Once she led and held a decent margin I was confident she would win because she is a strong little bitch,” he said.
Fabregas is an emerging sire but it should come as no surprise given the dog’s record on the racetrack.
Fabregas won 12 of his 13 starts with his last effort a resounding win in the 2012 National Sprint Championship final in Hobart in 2012.
It was fitting that one of his sons made such an impressive debut on the track where he ended his racing career in a blaze of glory.
Ransley has had many good dogs over the years but none have been as impressive on debut.
He made it a double for the night when Nadastrom scored in a grade five over 461 metres.
The son of Where’s Pedro made good use of the inside box to share the lead with Little Turn and after a battle to the top turn Nadastrom edged clear and went on to defeat Little Turn by almost a length.
“Nadastrom has limited ability but he has good manners and that will ensure he wins more races,” he said.
It was Nadastrom’s second win from six starts but it won’t be his last.
Ransley’s only other runner on the program Good Question was a game third in the invitation race over 461 metres won by Arome Peche.