Ratatat Lass knocking on the door
A wet track put paid to the hopes of Ratatat Lass adding black type to her pedigree last campaign but the talented mare with a powerhouse finish will get another shot at stakes company this spring.
Trained by Kylie Gavenlock, Ratatat Lass will have her second run back this preparation in the Dooleys Hcp (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday and has drawn ideally in barrier one.
She was unplaced first-up in a strong form race in which highly-touted pair Swift Alliance and O’Lonhro ran the quinella at her first appearance since she finished second last to stablemate Mary’s Grace in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes in December.
Gavenlock said the injury-prone mare was in need of the run after her extended break and would again improve on whatever she produced on Saturday.
"She’s probably still a bit big condition-wise but her draw is nice and the tracks are starting to dry out, she’s hopeless on wet tracks," Gavenlock said.
"I’m happy with the way she came through her first run and what we’re aiming for is the Mona Lisa Stakes on September 4.
"She is against the colts and geldings on Saturday and I prefer mares against mares but there was nothing else for her.
"But she will be rocketing home and finding the line."
Gavenlock fell in love with Ratatat Lass as a yearling and leased her from a long-time stable client.
She knew the family well having trained a half-brother to Ratatat Lass’ dam Charming Lass called Hurricane Lou.
"I really liked him and I had a lot of success with him but then he broke his leg," Gavenlock said.
"He was a dream to handle and when I saw Ratatat Lass as a yearling I wanted her.
"She is a beautiful horse, she’s like a lead pony and a pleasure to have around."
Ratatat Lass has also been a bonny mare for the Gavenlock stable winning six of her 28 starts and just shy of $120,000 in prizemoney.
Apprentice Tommy Berry will ride her on Saturday which will be her final lead-up to the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) at Wyong.
By Mandy Cottell