Rip at the double

Rip Van Winkle notched up two more first-crop winners on Wednesday thanks to a pair of colts who scored in some style.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Stravagante (2c Rip Van Winkle-Star Ruby, by Rock Of Gibraltar) was not pushed to score by a length and a half in a mile maiden at Newcastle, impressing the Racing Post’s racereaders.

“An interesting maiden run at a fair pace. STRAVAGANTE had shown little on his debut at Sandown but improved a good deal on that with a taking success. He looked to face a tough task against some useful sorts but there was plenty to like about the way he stayed on powerfully up the stiff finish. The right horses were in behind and he looks a nice staying prospect for next season.”

Meanwhile at Kempton, the Marco Botti-trained Bravo Zolo (2c Rip Van Winkle-Set Fire, by Bertolini) scored comfortably under Martin Harley.

The Tipper House Stud-bred colt holds entries in the G1 Racing Post Trophy and 2015 G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas and Harley told the Racing Post: “He’s nice and seven furlongs will do for now.”

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