Rangirangdoo won the Doncaster Mile before connections had to make a decision on whether to persevere with the horse despite the odds been stacked against him.
The gamble more than payed off on Golden Slipper Day with the gutsiest of wins over Love Conquers All in the George Ryder Stakes giving him a second top level Group 1 victory.
Chris Waller fought back tears in the post race interview but what he couldn’t articulate you could certainly understand with the gelding meaning the world to everybody involved with his recovery effort.
Waller couldn’t thank his support staff enough and a mix of surprise and joy overwhelmed one of Australia’s favourite trainers.
Corey Brown rode the perfect race to set up the win taking advantage of the inside running which jockeys are now not afraid to use.
There were four still in contention in the final 50m but it was Rangirangdoo a nose in front of Love Conquers All with Triple Elegance holding off Aloha for third.
It was a fantastic effort by a jockey who earlier in the week was looking to jump off the horse in favour for Melito.
When Gerald Ryan confirmed Melito would be running in the Queen Of The Turf instead Brown he frantically called Waller to secure a spot on the gelding.
He succeeded with his pleas and it’s paid off in the finest of style for all the connections and added a real feel good story to Golden Slipper Day.
It was more hard going for punters though, Rangirangdoo paying $15 with Luxbet.com well outside the heavily backed favourites.
2011 George Ryder Stakes Results
1st – #2 Rangirangdoo ($15)
2nd – #9 Love Conquers All ($6.00)
3rd – #10 Triple Elegance ($3.00)