Valley in for a rude awakening

There will be a new look to Ruud Awakening when the top Cambridge filly steps out at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Hugh Bowman will be aboard Ruud Awakening for the first time in the Gr. 3 $A150,000 Telstra Phoneworld Stakes (1200m)  and there will be another couple of firsts with her. She will be wearing blinkers and have a tongue tie.

“We’re back in business,” said trainer Stephen Marsh. “She galloped great in company last Saturday morning and Troy (Harris) was really happy with the way she felt. Her feet weren’t giving her any problems and she’s 100 per cent again.

“I’ve put the blinkers on this time and she will also wear a tongue tie. It should all help her.”

Ruud Awakening was suffering from a hoof problem after the Champagne Stakes and bruising ruled out a start in the $A250,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield. And since that hoof problem discovery another injury surfaced —  a slightly torn chest muscle.

“Our vet over there got a guy who specialises in muscle physio and he found the problem,” said Marsh. “He has treated her and assures us she is spot on again. Saturday will be the test, but we’re happy going into.

“If she goes super we’ll probably stay on and find another suitable race. It all depends on what happens on Saturday.”

Marsh is looking forward to legging Bowman up on one of his horses again. “The only other time that he rode for me, that I can recall, was when he won on Recession Proof at the Wellington Cup meeting (2011),” he said. “Hugh is a great rider and we’re lucky to get him.”

Bowman has been a big winner for Cambridge stables at the Melbourne Spring Carnival in recent  years. His wins for the locals have included the 2011 Gr. 1 Victoria Derby on Sangster for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young and the same race a year earlier aboard the Murray and Bjorn Baker-trained Lion Tamer, on whom he also won the Listed Ming Dynasty Stakes in Sydney.

“Hopefully he can do the trick for us on Saturday,” said Marsh.

Ruud Awakening was last season’s Champion NZ Two-Year-Old and on home soil she has a record of five wins and a second from six starts, including wins in Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes and New Zealand’s richest race, the Karaka Million. But the exciting filly has had no joy in three Australian starts.