It was very much a case of deja vu at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney when the $500,000, Group 2, Hyland Race Colours Hot Danish Stakes (1400m), the second of two major events on the program, again saw the same racing livery dominate the event.
Contested by a dozen quality members of the fairer sex, two runners raced by Triple Crown Syndicates ran one-two — Reelem In Ruby (by Pierro) defeating Moss Trip (by Mossman) by a close on one-and-a-half lengths.
Claiming third in the coveted Group 2 feature proved to be El Dorado Dreaming (by Ilovethiscity), a Group 1 winner of her 2-year-old season.
Seen racing wide around the home turn despite drawing well in inside barriers, both Reelem In Ruby and Moss Trip made bold moves forward soon after turning for home.
First to challenge the leaders, racing into the final 300 metres of the metric seven-furlong contest, Reelem In Ruby quickly established a winning break and was never under undue pressure to score a comfortable win.
As with the winner and third in the Golden Gift, both first and second in the Hot Danish Stakes were saddled-up by Peter and Paul Snowden.
Speaking on behalf of the duo on this occasion, Paul observed: “She’s been knocking on the door; it’s her tenth start in a race and she hasn’t finished further back than third in her life.
“It was vital to get that black-type on her page for her breeding career, and we’re happy for the connections as well.
“She’s an ultra-consistent mare. We’ve given her so much time. She was never the finished product, and in the autumn we are probably going to see the best of her.”
Snowden Jnr concluded: “She’s taken so long to mature and get where she needs to be strength-wise… She’s gone to another level this time. 1400m is her max [distance] at the moment, but maybe in the autumn she might get a mile.”
Reelem In Ruby and Tim Clark, picture Stevehart.com.au
Winning jockey Tim Clark was keen to give praise to the 4-year-old mare after her impressive triumph.
“She’s a gutsy mare and really gives her all,” claimed Clark. “I thought I probably held on to her a fraction [too] long the other day, so I made sure I was there to make a move early, and she was able to sustain a run right through the line.
“They went quickly early and then just slowed up, so I took the opportunity to pop out and get on the back of Pretty In Pink down the side. I settled a couple of lengths closer and was there ready to pounce in the straight. I had to have the horse underneath me to do it, but she was great.”
Reelem In Ruby, out of the Giant's Causeway(USA) mare Bobine (USA), went to post the $3.80 favourite, Moss Trip at odds of $26.00, and El Dorado Dreaming at $10.00.
Margins of the race were one-and-a-quarter lengths by a long-neck.
The winning time was a very handy 1m22.62s (last 600m in 34.34s).
Raced by Triple Crown Syndications (Mg: C Ward), L Halloran, B Rippingale, B Moon, U Perera, B Kemp, J Kemp, R Hezlett, M Hezlett, C Russell, C Russell, Mrs W Paolini, E Law, J Abraham, R Simpson, D Marano, M Garreffa, D Yates, M Holme, S Gibbeson, M Boukas, J Hezlett & Lexen Racing (Mgr: G Osmond), Reelem In Ruby is yet to finish out of the placing in 10 starts and took her earnings to $547,620 (with a race record of 10:4-5-1).
What the beaten jockeys said:
Rachel King (Nicoletta): “Huge run. She was deadset beat on the turn and just kept fighting until the end. A mile will suit her perfectly next time.”
Andrew Gibbons (El Dorado Dreaming): “She has come back really good this time. I would have liked to of rolled just half a second quicker in those middle stages and I think she would have challenged the winner. It was a good effort.”
Keagan Latham (Pretty In Pink): “Unfortunately she got a bit of a bump out of the barriers. I asked a bit much of her early to be in a prominent position. I thought she stuck to her guns well in the straight but she did all of her work early on.”
Jay Ford (Luvaluva): “She closed off really well. A poor getaway put us right back and even in the middle stages she was struggling to keep up but she attacked the line really well.”
Tommy Berry (Dyslexic): “I think the track was a bit quick for her. She felt the ground.”
James Doyle (Multaja): “We were slightly unlucky. We got creamed at the start and ended up having to go back to the fence nearly last. We just rode for a bit of luck and she finished really well. She is probably looking for an easier track, I felt the ground was a bit firm for her. I think she probably clocked some good sectionals.”
Martin Harley (Madam Rouge): “She felt in tremendous order. I thought I got a good pitch all of the way around. She was third one off turning in. Nothing took me into the race, she had nowhere to go and it was like a trial.”
Christian Reith (Ready To Prophet): “The horse is going really well, I just felt the ground was too firm for her today.”
Andrew Adkins (Moss Trip): “That was a really nice run. It is good to see her back in the stalls. She travelled really good throughout and gave me a nice feel coming to the turn. We got onto the back of the winner. She gave me that real winning feel entering the straight and she ran accordingly. Hopefully she is in for a nice prep, she felt that way.”
Jason Collett (Nicci's Gold): “She just felt the track and battled away.”
Robbie Dolan (Vinicunca): “She was disappointing. She never travelled too well throughout the whole event. It was only the last 100m where she started to get going but she was just running into the back of tired horses then. We’ll just have to see how she pulls up.”