Brilliant three-time G1 winner Rip Van Winkle sired his first winner at the Curragh on Saturday when the Jessica Harrington-trained Jeanne Girl (2f Rip Van Winkle-Sister Golightly, by Mtoto) prevailed in the opening maiden.
Despite testing ground and slightly idling in front, the Rip filly saw off some blue-blooded rivals in the style of a smart performer, carrying the colours of Harrington’s son-in-law Richie Galway.
“We think she’s smart and she handled the ground grand but we’ll get over today before making a plan. Hopefully she continues improving and I imagine the way she moves, she’d like good ground as well,” Harrington told irishracing.com. “Niall (McCullagh) was blaming himself for not winning more easily. He said she was travelling so easily and she didn´t know what to do when she hit the front.”
The Racing Post’ Analysis noted: “She seems straightforward and the G2 Queen Mary at Royal Ascot would look the obvious next step.”
Jeanne Girl was bred by Eugenia Farm Srl and was sold for 26,000 euros as a yearling at Goffs when consigned from Victor Stud.