ROSEWORTHY husband and wife Toby and Lisa Ryan combined for a win with three-year-old filly Ritas Secret at Sunday’s Kapunda harness meeting.
Ritas Secret led throughout in the 1800m Barossa Nissan Pace to score a nose win from favourite Sun Sea And Surf, with C California Ice finishing five-and-a-half metres away in third.
As a veterinary surgeon, Toby indulges in his passion of training, while Lisa has taken up race driving and currently sits seventh on the South Australian premiership table with 21 wins for the season.
Toby said the filly had been a cheap purchase.
“I picked her up for $700 as a weanling,” he said.
“Her mother, Globes Mistake, was an open-class trotter, but from the time we broke Ritas Secret in she has shown no signs
of wanting to trot.
“I’m happy with her development and thought, from gate one on Sunday, she had a good chance.
“Lisa was able to rate her perfectly in front, but when (Ken Rogers on Sun Sea And Surf) came up down the back and increased
the tempo, I was a bit worried she might get tired, but, fortunately, she was able to hang on.”
Toby said Ritas Secret was still maturing and was only suited to shorter trips at present.
“Hopefully, with time, she will get stronger, but for the present we will look to place her in the easiest company – little fish are sweet,” he said.
There was no rest for the Ryans over the long weekend, who travelled to Horsham, Victoria, on Monday with their smart two-year-old Don’t Tell William.
Unfortunately, he over-raced and finished sixth behind the newcomer Yankee Roller, which rated a sizzling 1:56.2 – an incredible time for a two-year-old.
“I was really happy with our bloke,” Toby said.
“He did things wrong, but his own time was around 1:57.0, much faster than he has gone previously.
“I’m hoping the race and trip away will help with his development.”
Two Wells trainers John Conroy and Justin Brewin also left Kapunda with wins.
Conroy was successful with Hardly A Grin, while Brewin scored with Kayangee.
Both were due to be driven by Jayden Brewin, but he incurred facial abrasions in a fall in an earlier race, so Anthony Robinson and Josh Holberton picked up the winning drives, respectively.
The next Kapunda meeting is on Monday, April 24 – the club’s cup day.