She’s A Smash Hit appreciates apprentice claim26 Sep 2019

Cambridge handler Shaune Ritchie was pleased his decision opting for an apprentice claim on She’s A Smash Hit paid off with promising apprentice Chelsea Burdan aboard taking out the $10,000 Wanderers Fundraising Lunch 4 Oct (Mdn) over 1200 metres on Wednesday.

After finishing second and third in her two starts to date, Ritchie choose the 3kgs allowance was what the daughter of Showcasing needed.
From the ace draw, Burdan sent the four-year-old to the lead and the pair never looked surrendering the lead, holding a half length advantage over favourite Run To Perfection (D. Johnson) running on late with Let Me Tell Ya (C.Lammas) a neck back in third.

She’s A Smash Hit’s winning time was 1:12.98 (last 600m in 35.94) on a Slow7 track.

“The apprentice claim obviously has helped us hold off a very promising runner-up, but it’s important to have good tactical speed, that if you get back it’s very hard to run them down these-days,” trainer Shaune Ritchie said.
“She has good gate speed and she put herself right there and tries very hard and she had a good enough kick at the top of the straight to hold on,” Ritchie added.
The mare was bred and is part owned by Gee Gee Equine Ltd (Mgr: Gerard Peterson), B W Peterson along with Ms P A F Vuglar.