Ping Me Another Back Again For Winter Campaign

21
Jun

Just when you thought she was done and dusted for the winter and enjoying a well-deserved spell in the paddock, Ping Me Another is back for another campaign.

The durable Musket filly, trained by Chris Willis, will launch the first leg of a feature race trifecta in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.

Ping Me Another has not raced since shedding her maiden status at Ascot in May when in a thrilling finish she dead-heated with Superior Smile over 1800m.

It took Ping Me Another nine starts to record her debut victory, but it was thoroughly deserved after she ran top races against elite company in the autumn.

The three-year-old ran second in the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m), the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and third to Regal Power in the Group 2 WA Derby (2400m).

Willis said Ping Me Another was doing too well and it was too difficult to ignore bringing her back for a winter campaign.

“She had two weeks in the paddock and originally we were going to spell and come back at Christmas time,” Willis told The Races WA.

“But she was bouncing around so well that we thought we might as well have a crack at these three races: the Guineas, the Oaks and the Classic I think it is.

“She’s done well, has come back and done four weeks work now, has had a few gallops and was really good Tuesday morning.”

Willis has booked Peter Knuckey to take the mount on Ping Me Another. The experienced hoop replaces Shaun McGruddy, who was aboard the filly at her past four outings.

McGruddy opted to ride True Attraction, one of two runners for leading owner-breeder Bob Peters and co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams.

Ping Me Another has drawn barrier 10 of 13.

Willis admitted an awkward draw and the 1600m of the Belmont Guineas are hurdles to overcome for his talented three-year-old.

“Well, if anything, yes,” Willis said.

“But having said that at the start of last campaign we started her over 1100 and a 1200 and she ran second over that distance,” Willis said.

“Having a look at the field there might be genuine speed early, so if we can slot in somewhere and find a slot we will be thereabouts I think.”

Ping Me Another is a $26 chance outside chance with the TAB.

“We were happy under the radar last campaign and this time will be good too,” Willis said.

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au