Melbourne spring lures Ruud Awakening

Star Kiwi filly Ruud Awakening (NZ) is doing everything right in preparation for her three-year-old season.

In her first visit to the track in this preparation, the G1 winner left trainer Stephen Marsh beaming after cutting out 600 metres at three quarter pace on Saturday morning.

“She has just done everything right so far and has really strengthened up after her break,” noted Marsh.  “At this stage, we are looking to give her a jump-out here at Cambridge next month before she heads to Melbourne for her first run on August 31 or September 7.

“She pulled up a treat after her work-out on the weekend and I just couldn’t be happier with her.”

Ruud Awakening (2f Bernardini – Dawn Almighty by Danehill) is one of the best of her sex to come out of New Zealand in recent years after victories in the Karaka Millions and G1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie.

Her sole loss in six starts on home turf was in the LR Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe in November.  She crossed the Tasman for the G1 Golden Slipper but was slowly away and the struck interference before finishing well back behind Overreach.

Ruud Awakening is by Darley sire Bernardini and was a $90,000 purchase for the Go Racing Syndicate from Westbury Stud’s draft at the 2012 NZB Karaka Premier Sale.

Marsh is also delighted with Lucky Country (NZ) who was stakes placed on three occasions during her summer campaign.  The Darci Brahma filly will be set for the Couplands Mile in November.