The $30,000 Starmaker Plate for two year-old’s at Muswellbrook on Friday was supposed to provide the Waterhouse and Bott trained runner Whitely with a soft kill on debut, but that plan unravelled when the favourite missed the start.
Whitely never recovered and trailed in at the rear, while the Paul Perry trained Denman colt Ragged Rascal improved on his debut second at the same track last month to power home and win the 1000 metre scamper by three-quarters of a length.
A $160,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the Yarraman Park draft for his trainer, Ragged Rascal runs for Steve and Louise Gillard in partnership with Perry and will no doubt be looking at the $500,000 Inglis Nursery on Saturday week.
“His coat cleaned up a lot after his first run and the extra 100 metres suited him perfectly,” said Shannon Perry.
Ragged Rascal was bred by Pedrille Thoroughbreds and is the first winner for stakes-winning Al Maher mare M’Lady Pedrille, a full sister to Group I winner Diamond Pedrille and half-sister to stakes-winner Madame Pedrille.
The Pedrille family has become most notable in recent times for producing Yarraman Park’s super sire I Am Invincible, so Ragged Rascal has plenty of pedigree behind him!