Awakening of offers likely

Ruud Awakening’s connections should expect a flood of phone calls if she lives up to expectations in the Karaka Million at Ellerslie tomorrow evening.

Amongst those calls it would be no surprise to see some from bloodstock agents keen to purchase the exciting youngster. And that would be a total contrast to the situation at present.

Surprisingly, trainer Stephen Marsh says there have been no bloodstock agents chasing Ruud Awakening despite her record of three wins and a courageous second from four starts.

“I suppose they’re a bit gun shy before a million dollar race, especially with the favourite,” said Marsh. “They know they’d have to pay a lot. Maybe also because she’s owned by a syndicate might have something to do with it. Yes, it could all change if she wins the Karaka Million. We might get some offers.”

Marsh remains confident he has Ruud Awakening spot on for the $1 million juvenile race, in which she has drawn barrier seven.
“I’m very happy with the draw and couldn’t be happier with her,” said Marsh. “I’m extremely confident I’ve done everything to have her at her best for the big one.”

Marsh was full of praise for the Cambridge track manager and his staff after watching Ruud Awakening work last Tuesday morning.
“She worked on the course proper and the track was magnificent,” he said. “It had been irrigated and was perfect. And I thought her work was outstanding.”

The only hiccup for the Ruud Awakening camp was the dispute with Jason Waddell over the ride in the Karaka Million. Waddell argued that he had a confirmed booking for Ruud Awakening in the Ellerslie feature and took the matter to a judicial hearing.

The judicial panel heard the dispute at Te Rapa last Wednesday and ruled Waddell did not have a confirmed booking. That enabled the Ruud Awakening camp to confirm top international rider Craig Williams for the filly tomorrow.

Williams won last year’s Karaka Million on Ockham’s Razor for Anthony Freedman and will be having his first ride for the Marsh stable.

“He’s an international lightweight and we’re thrilled to have him on,” said Marsh.