Ringo to rock older horses at Doomben

RingotorockolderhorsesatDoomben

December22,20162:30pm。

byAAP

PromisingRingosARockstarwilltackleolderhorsesatDoombenaftermissingastartatCaloundrawhenathree-year-oldracewasscrapped。

RingosARockstarwillbehavinghisfirststartsincewinningthreeracesinarowearlierthisseasonwhenhelinesupinSaturdaysClass3Plate(1200m)。

Thewell-namedgelding,whoisbyDrumbeats,ispreparedbyBrisbanesoldesttrainerNormWhopperStephenswhohopesRingosARockstarcangivehimastakeswinlateinhiscareer。

Stephens,85,wonthe1948StradbrokeHandicaponBallyvistaasanapprenticejockeyandhastrainedmanywinnersincludingthe1987STCSilverSlipperwinnerBallook。

ButheratesRingosARockstaraspotentiallyamongthebesthorseshehastrained。

StephenstwinsonsGaryandWaynehelphimwithhissmallteamwhichhasbeenbasedatDeagon,inBrisbanesnorthernbeaches,for40years。

WayneisnowtrainingsomeofthehorsesbutDadwantedtokeephishandinwithRingosARockstar。

Hehasabigopinionofthehorse,GaryStephenssaid。

DadjustwantedRingotohavealightpreparationwiththreerunsinthree-year-oldracesbeforeweputhimawayfortheGoldCoastGuineasinMay。

IfheraceswellintheGoldCoastGuineaswewouldpressontosomeoftheotherbetterthree-year-oldwintercarnivalraces。

Stephenssaidthedecisiontoabandonthethree-year-oldatCaloundraonWednesdayhadforcedhisfathershand。

RingosARockstarhashadatrialandisreadytorun。