Brown to ride Ruud Awakening

 Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is hoping some of the Corey Brown magic enjoyed by his father, Bruce, in Singapore, will rub off on him at Flemington next Tuesday.

Marsh has engaged the Singapore-based Brown to ride his smart filly Ruud Awakening in the $A100,000 Schweppes flemingtonfling Stakes over 1000 metres on Melbourne Cup day. It will be Ruud Awakening’s farewell performance in Australia this campaign before she returns to New Zealand for a spell and Marsh is confident she will acquit herself well.

 “It’s good to get Corey on her,” said Marsh. “He’s had a lot of success for the old man (Bruce Marsh) and he knows how to ride Flemington.”

Ruud Awakening has had three starts in Melbourne this spring for a first-up fifth, a ninth in the Gr. 3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley, then a fourth behind Thermal Current in last Saturday’s Gr. 3 Red Anchor Stakes, again at Moonee Valley.

She had suffered bruised soles after her Champagne Stakes’ failure, but has fully recovered and Marsh is keen to try her once more before she returns to New Zealand for a spell.

“I’m super happy with her,” said Marsh. “She came through last Saturday’s race so good. She’s gone ahead.”

Ruud Awakening was beaten three lengths last Saturday and Marsh was very pleased with the performance.

“She had to work hard from her wide draw to get to the front and was taken on a fair way out,” he said. “She knocked up the last bit, but she had missed a bit of work through her niggling problem.

“She’s over it all now and I think 1000 metres down the chute at Flemington will suit her. She’s shown she has got the speed to jump out and be there. Whatever happens, she will come home after this for a spell.”

Marsh is also pleased with stablemate Barbaric, an impressive last-start winner at Rotorua under the topweight of 60kg, but has changed plans with the son of Pins.

“He will now go to Ellerslie next Tuesday for a Rating 85 1200 metres,” said Marsh. “Mick Dee will ride him again so will claim the three kilos.”

Barbaric has had only two starts the right-handed way round for a failure at Ellerslie and a second at Te Aroha, causing Marsh to keep him to left-handed tracks. But now Marsh feels he can successfully cope with the reverse way.

“He had his foot problem when he raced right-handed before, but we’re on top of that now,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a problem. He’s done a fair bit of work right-handed.”

Another Marsh runner, Lucky Country, is headed for Riccarton and the Listed $55,000 Valachi Downs Canterbury Breeders Stakes next Tuesday week.