Ruby retires to breeding barn

VOBIS Gold star Fontein Ruby is on the market as a broodmare after x-rays revealed she had fractured a sesamoid bone.

The daughter of Turffontein raced for a large syndicate and bows out with 6 wins from 19 starts and over $1.05 million in prizemoney.  “We had high hopes that she could win a Group 1 at the spring carnival,” managing part-owner Mike Cattell said.  “She has been an outstanding horse for all of us but we aren’t commercial breeders so she will have to be sold.”

Fontein Ruby broke her duck as a late season two year-old at Sandown and turned the corner into last year’s spring carnival to win the G3 Caulfield Classic and G2 Edward Manifold Stakes.

In what was her final campaign earlier this year, the Robert Smerdon trained filly won the LR Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley and $250,000 VOBIS Gold Reef at Caulfield.

Fontein Ruby is from the first crop by Turffontein and was knocked down for $50,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  The Blue Gum Farm resident sired her from a three-quarter sister to G1 Cox Plate hero Fields of Omagh.