The Te Teko trials are often a source of spring talent and Hallmark Stud graduate Rippa Eagle (Rip Van Winkle x Penny Whistle) was a dominant winner of Heat 20.
Trainer Tony Pike was suitably impressed "He is raw but with plenty of ability, that was one of the most impressive trials of the day after he was severely interfered with just before straightening. We will look for a race in 2-3 weeks time, weather dependent but he definitely not the finished product"
The son of Rip Van Winkle was purchased from the New Zealand Bloodstock 2017 Select Yearling Sale for $70,000. The family is one Tony Pike knows well, with Group One performer Treasure (Mastercraftsman) a half sister. The family also features New Zealand black type winners Chenille (Pentire), Chintz (Savabeel) and Irlanda (O'Reilly)
Link for trial: http://www.nzracing.co.nz/RaceInfo/47611/Meeting-Overview.aspx#toggle-detail20