Ruud Awakening pleases in Valley workout

Top Kiwi filly Ruud Awakening passed her first Moonee Valley test with flying colours yesterday morning.

As planned, Ruud Awakening was taken through to “The Valley” from her base at Russell Cameron’s Flemington stable and worked in company.

“It was a chance to give her a good look at the Valley before Friday night’s race,” said trainer Stephen Marsh. “It’s a different track than others and it can trip a few up, but she seemed to handle it well.”

Ridden by her regular trackwork rider, Troy Harris, Ruud Awakening worked with the Cameron-trained Lady Of Harrods, a winner of three of her 10 starts including the Gr.3 Tranquil Star Stakes at Caulfield last September.

Lady Harrods has been off the scene since last April and will resume on Friday night in the $A80,000 mares’ event over 1200 metres, so Cameron was pleased to get the Valley gallop into her.

“They both worked very well,” said Marsh. “They weren’t after time and they went to the line together. They ran their last 600 metres in a tick under 39.

“I was rapt in Ruud Awakening’s work. She pulled up well and is going to strip a lot fitter horse on Friday night. Her blood is good and she looks great.

“I won’t be blaming a defeat on fitness, even though she will improve further with this one.”

Ruud Awakening finished fifth to Miracle To Me at Flemington on September 7 when ridden for the first time by James McDonald and the same rider will again be in the saddle on Friday night when she contests the Gr. 3 $A150,000 TBV/Gallagher Bassett Champagne Stakes (1200m).

“I just hope she draws well because that’s crucial around The Valley,” said Marsh. “It’ll be interesting, too, to see how she goes racing under lights. It’s going to be different for her, but I think she’ll handle it.”