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    Maiden finally broken in ‘humdinger’ finish Maiden finally broken in ‘humdinger’ finish

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    BY DEFINITION Ripstone Snorter is a humdinger, and for Terry Frost, it certainly was a ripsnorter finish at Penrith last Thursday night. Owned and... Maiden finally broken in ‘humdinger’ finish

    BY DEFINITION Ripstone Snorter is a humdinger, and for Terry Frost, it certainly was a ripsnorter finish at Penrith last Thursday night.

    Owned and trained by Frost, Ripstone Snorter finally broke his maiden in a mile rate of 1:59.3 over 1720 metres, having been among the placings on 17 occasions.

    Kicking off the arm from barrier two, driver Glenn McElhinney was happy to settle Ripstone Snorter behind the leader, Chansu.

    With Chansu deviating away from the pegs, Ripstone Snorter took advantage of the opening to sprint to a two-and-a-half metre victory.

    As they returned to the winners’ circle, McElhinney and Harry, as Ripstone Snorter is affectionately-known, were met by a very emotional Frost.

    Frost’s demeanour is due to his wife, Josephine, battling Ovarian cancer – a cause reinswomen Australasia-wide are raising funds and awareness for via the Team Teal campaign.

    “It was great to finally get the win for Terry and Jo,” McElhinney said. “He’s been unlucky as of late but Thursday night it finally all worked in his favour and it was clear it meant a lot to Terry.

    “I broke the horse in as a yearling and had an opinion of him then so it’s fantastic to see him finally repay everyone’s hard work.”

    When asked of his thoughts of the win, a beaming Frost was, for the first time in a long time, almost for words.

    “Jo was waiting up for me when I got home and the house was lit up like Luna Park,” Frost declared.

    “She was emotional, as was I and we’re both incredibly thankful for the help from Glenn, his family and so many others that have helped with the horse along the way.”

    • TIARN SUTTON

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