Written By's Ripcord Stuns in the Placid Ark

Mark Smith - Sunday November 19

On a mammoth day of racing, there were few more impressive performances than  Ripcord in the $500,000 Listed Tabtouch - Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Ripcord- what a win! (image The Races WA/Western Racepix)

Last on the turning and coming widest of all under Clinton Johnston-Porter, the son of Written By displayed a blistering turn of foot to claim the rich prize by a short-head from the Rich Enuff gelding Oscar's Fortune with three-quarters of a length back to the Exceed and Excel filly Augment in third.

In winning his first race since capturing the Listed Perth Stakes (1100m) at Ascot in April, Ripcord advances his record to two wins, two second, and a third from six starts with earnings of $435,930.

Winning trainer Luke Fernie said the Winterbottom stakes is possible next start.



t;He's been going super all prep and has been a bit unlucky," Fernie said.


"I wouldn't have changed him for any horse in the race. He has a big motor, and he showed that today.

"It hasn't been the smoothest week with him, a little up and down, but we pulled it off with good staff and support around me.

Sending connections home happy (image The Races WA/Western Racepix)

"He scares me a bit when he comes to the races because he is a bit of a lunatic, but at home, he is so placid and just a beautiful horse with a great nature.

"Just by looking at him, you know he is something special.

"We will possibly go to the Winterbottom next – we will see how he pulls up.

Bred by Phoenix Broodmare Farm NSW, Ripcord was a $40,000 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale purchase for his trainer from the Barador Stud & Phoenix Broodmare Farm draft.

He is the best of three winners from four to race for Single in London, a four-time winning three-quarter sister-in-blood by Not a Single Doubt to Group I placed Group III winner Faraway Town from the family of Group I winner Only a Lady.

Phoenix Broodmare Farm bought Single In London for just $5,000  at the 2015 National Broodmare Sale and sold her through the same sale this year, bringing $100,000 to the bid of Bring It Back Bloodstock when consigned by Kenmore Lodge.

 Graeme Gathercole purchased Single In London's Lucky Vega filly for $65,000 from the Phoenix Broodmare Farm draft at the 2023 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale.

Single In London was not served in 2022.

Ripcord and the Group III BJ McLachlan Stakes winner The Novelist are stakes-winners from the first crop of Widden Stud’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By, who has one of this season’s most promising two-year-olds, Straight Charge.

A $270,000 Magic Millions purchase for Yulong, Straight Charge was beaten narrowly by his Waterhouse/Bott-trained stablemate Espionage (Zoustar) in the Group III Breeders Plate at Randwick.



Race Result - TABtouch - Placid Ark Stakes LR 1200m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 1:10.63
- 3g Written By (AUS) x Single In London (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: Luke Fernie Rdr: C Johnston-Porter 56.5
Written By
MM Gold Coast National Weanling Sale $40,000
Seller: Barador Stud, Denman, NSW & Phoenix Broodmare Farm, Euroa, Vic
Buyer: Luke Fernie
Oscar's Fortune
- 3g Rich Enuff (AUS) x Oscar Award (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Tnr: D M Luciani Rdr: W Pike 56.5
Rich Enuff
Inglis December Online Sale $5,500
Seller: Morningside
Buyer: Loloma Farms
- 3f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Dolly's Wig (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
Tnr: Simon Miller Rdr: P Carbery 54.5
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $180,000
Seller: Maluka Thoroughbreds, Avenel
Buyer: Jacquers
- 3f Nicconi (AUS) x Run Sally Run (AUS) (Ready's Image (USA))
Tnr: Simon Miller Rdr: B Parnham 54.5
- 3g Squamosa (AUS) x Imperial Ida (AUS) (Lord Jim (ARG))
Tnr: S & J Casey Rdr: Chris Parnham 56.5
Snow Prince
- 3g Safeguard (AUS) x Snow Pixie (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Tnr: S & J Casey Rdr: T Turner 56.5
Playing Games
- 3f Playing God (AUS) x Mama Bear (AUS) (Big Brown (USA))
Tnr: Meryl Hayley Rdr: Laqdar Ramoly 54.5
Leading Taddy
- 3g Ducimus (AUS) x Swimmer (AUS) (Bernardini (USA))
Tnr: A W Maley Rdr: S Mc Gruddy 56.5
Lord Lala
- 3g Deep Field (AUS) x Bubbly Duchess (AUS) (Duke Of Marmalade (IRE))
Tnr: S V Vahala Rdr: S Parnham 56.5
- 3f Bondi (AUS) x All Friared Up (AUS) (Blackfriars (AUS))
Tnr: T M Andrews Rdr: P Knuckey 54.5
Weapons Hot
- 3g Russian Revolution (AUS) x Crown Agnes (AUS) (Agnes World (USA))
Tnr: Luke Fernie Rdr: P Harvey 56.5
Wicked Venom
- 3g Sessions (AUS) x Moonshyne (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: Rhys Radford Rdr: Jordan Turner 56.5
- 3g A Lot (USA) x Bantry Bay (AUS) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
Tnr: Simon Miller Rdr: Holly Watson 56.5
Shaddow Fear
- 3f Sioux Nation (USA) x Noetic (AUS) (Cape Cross (IRE))
Tnr: Luke Fernie Rdr: Michael Poy 54.5
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