Former champion miler Rip Van Winkle was represented by his first Australasian winner when Magic Dancer (2f Rip Van Winkle x Dazzling Belle, by Desert Sun) scored at Tauherenikau on Thursday.
Rip Van Winkle has been a hit in the Northern Hemisphere with his son Dick Whittington successful in the Group I Curragh Phoenix Stakes and his daughter I Am Beautiful the winner of the Group III Grangecon Stud Stakes.
The Galileo stallion is now off the mark in New Zealand with Magic Dancer dominant on debut to continue trainers Graeme and Debbie Rogerson’s early dominance of this season’s two-year-old racing.
“She’s a really nice filly and the reasons we brought her down was that it was 1000 metres and a (NZB Insurance) Pearl Series race,” said Debbie Rogerson.
Magic Dancer was a $90,000 NZB Select Sale purchase from the Monovale Farm draft and is a half-sister to Group I placed Manten and stakes-placed Perkins being the sixth winner from stakes-winning Desert Sun mare Dazzling Belle.