• Brian Cross

A busy winter ahead for the Ripple Creek team


When Rocknroll Diva cruised to victory at Ashburton last Sunday, the scene was set for what Trent and the Ripple Creek team are hoping will be a lucrative winter. It will certainly be a busy one, with a large contingent of standardbreds and the stable’s lone thoroughbred all set to show their stuff during the colder months.


Rocknroll Diva’s third career win and second of this campaign continued a great run of form for the hardworking mare.

Small in stature but with a big heart, Petra as she’s known around the stable is fashioning a record she is expected to improve on in coming weeks. With one of her victories so far penalty-free and still well-placed in the handicaps, more success is in store with runs like Matty Williamson gave her at her most recent start.


With the experience of 32 starts, Twilight Bromac has at times belied the fact he is still a maiden. We’re keeping the faith, and he’s shown quite enough to suggest that elusive win is not far away. With one run now under his belt this time in, race he would have benefitted from after a summer break, expect BJ to show his true worth going forward.


One-win trotter Wynberg Watch has had the benefit of the considerable patience Trent applies to the squaregaiters he acquires. It’s a policy that’s proven successful with the likes of Never Mind, Majestic Action and most recently Under And Over. Winnie’s maiden win was at Cambridge, but he’s a Canterbury horse now and has indicated he’ll measure up, no question.


No Gee Ess Tee is back after a wind operation that sidelined her for several months.

A six-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare with just three starts to her name, Dottie has a large group of owners who’ve patiently waited for her return. That comes as soon as tomorrow night at Addington. The way she’s training there’s considerable anticipation around how she’ll go when at last she gets a real crack at racing.


Another maiden mare learning her craft is Pat Mach, whose four starts to date have yielded little but who shouldn’t be overlooked. She goes into the winter months with two lead-up runs that were better than her placings suggest. The fourth foal from five-win Anita Patron, who’s first three were all winners, Pat just might pop up in the winner’s circle sooner than some would expect.


Waiting in the wings after a horror run of injuries is She’s Watching. After her maiden win at Methven in December, a persistent race-day leg injury from earlier in her career flared up again and she needed another extended spell. Josie’s band of supporters will be looking for some luck to go their way when she steps out, hopefully early July.


Another one-win mare at Ripple Creek is Itz To The Macs, a newcomer to the stable. She’s been trialling well and will resume in her new colours on Sunday at Addington. Marjie’s maiden win came at Addington in early July last year, so this just might be her time of year.


Also of note are Under and Over and Uptown Funk. The one a last start winner that Trent has done wonders with who will head for a rest after another start or two. The other a two-year-old also heading to the paddock: a promising youngster who hasn’t quite met expectations but wouldn’t surprise if he were to finish his first short campaign on a high note this week at Addington.


Last but not least, announcing Trent Yesberg’s entry into the ranks of thoroughbred trainer. When dad Paul bought the 4yo Zacinto gelding Allasera on Gavelhouse, where else would he look to train the horse? A 14-start maiden, Allasera has nevertheless shown promise with a number of placings. Trent’s trademark one-on-one approach to tending his charges has ironed out some kinks, and the team is looking forward to this boy’s stable debut.


At Ripple Creek some race-day targets have been set for the next three months of winter. Come September, we expect the hearts of connections and supporters to have been considerably warmed by our team of representatives.