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Dynamic duo strikes another winning blow

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The bells continue to toll for the formidable combination of trainer Darren Weir and jockey John Allen. They have enjoyed a wonderful run of success this spring and it continued on Saturday when striking another winning note with progressive colt Ringerdingding in the G2 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas.

Off the back of a late surge to claim the Listed Springtime S. at Flemington seven days ago, emerging stallion prospect Ringerdingding (Sebring) further boosted his profile with another storming performance.

Weir knows the quality Ringerdingding brings to the game, but he’s not always comfortable in the style in which he’s achieving.

“He is a good horse, but he’s a bit heart in mouth.” – Darren Weir.

“He is a good horse, but he’s a bit heart in mouth,” he said. “He gets back and then lets rip late.”

It is a pattern that is serving the 3-year-old well and again on Saturday he was in the last few, but once he got a sniff of clear air he showed the serious side of his racing nature.

In his first crack at a mile, Ringerdingding mowed down his rivals to have Weir, understandably, plotting a path to a much bigger pot of gold.

“He was in a lot better position, he wasn’t as far back as he was at Flemington, but it still took all of the straight,” he said.

“He’s a beauty going forward and I think we’ll be targeting the Australian Guineas at Flemington.” - Darren Weir.

“He’s a beauty going forward and I think we’ll be targeting the Australian Guineas at Flemington.

“Palentino won that race and this is the sort of horse to head that way, that’s for sure.”

John Allen returns to scale with Ringerdingding

A sterling carnival for Irish jockey

The affable Weir said his Irish jockey John Allen deserved all the success that has come his way.

“It hasn’t happened overnight and he’s been working hard behind the scenes for a long time," said the trainer.

“He’s made himself a good jockey and he gets the job done in these races. He’s done it again and tracked into the race and gave the horse the clear air at the right time.”

“He’s made himself a good jockey and he gets the job done in these races.” – Darren Weir.

Allen has ridden Ringerdingding in his last three appearances and again showed flawless judgment in his handling of the 3-year-old.

Big opinion of the colt

“He’s got a great turn of foot at the end of his races,” he said. “It was a slowly run race and we got squeezed out early on and got a long way back.

“He (Ringerdingding) is going to be competitive in the Group 1s down the line.” – John Allen.

“I got a track into the race and when I stuck it to him he really attacked the line. He’s going to be competitive in the Group 1s down the line. "

Allen added, “I’m getting great opportunities and making the most of them.”

Ringerdingding’s surging late run took him three-quarters of a length clear of the filly Seabrook (NZ) (Hinchinbrook), who was in the party all the way, as was Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock), who was also gallant to the post.