Racing returned to Bunbury after a two-year redevelopment on Thursday and the new track was used to advantage by locally-bred gallopers in the five maiden events at the historic meeting.

Janny (Playing God), Kiralui (Safeguard), Scorpion Ruler (Universal Ruler) and Icebergs (Bondi) were all impressive, however, Gingerbread Man debutante Run Pattie Run might turn out to be the most progressive of the five for Collie trainer Raquel Williams.  She unleashed a furious sprint in the Melbourne Cup Day @ Bunbury Maiden (1108m) to earn the award for TBWA Winner Of The Week.

Run Pattie Run (3f Gingerbread Man – Pattie Me Lass by Lords A Leaping) was given no favours in running when scouting four and five wide, albeit with cover for Peter Knuckey, before mowing down Weapons Hot (Russian Revolution).

She’s by Yarradale stallion Gingerbread Man and is a half-sister to dual LR Bunbury Cup winner Paddy’s Shadow (Dane Shadow).  Dennis Ramsay bred Paddy’s Shadow while his wife Faye bred Run Pattie Run who could also be a black-type addition for both families.

“Raquel reckons Run Pattie Run is pretty special,” Faye Ramsay said.  “Pattie Me Lass has a 2yo filly and a yearling colt by Gingerbread Man and Paddy’s Shadow is due to foal to Sessions.”

Gingerbread Man’s star sprinter Red Can Man can continue his winning form in the G3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m) at Ascot this Saturday.  He saluted first-up in the LR Crawford Quality at the same track and trip a fortnight ago.

Red Can Man had been placed six times in WA black-type company for Steve Wolfe since his Group 3 victory in the 2021 Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield for Melbourne trainer David Brideoake.

Wolfe has nominated his stable favourite for The Pinnacles and he could be a dark horse for Gingerbread Man in seven-figure sprints like the G1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and G3 Damien Oliver Gold Rush (1400m) in December.

Gingerbread Man (Shamardal) stands for $5,500 at Yarradale Stud alongside War Chant (Danzig) at $8,250.  Both fees (inc GST).


RUN PATTIE RUN / Photo: Western Racepix