Bring it on for a Ruud Awakening!

Exciting Cambridge filly Ruud Awakening gets the opportunity to climb back to the top of the rankings for the Karaka Million when she resumes at Ellerslie on Saturday.

The Matamata colt Gobi Ranger displaced Ruud Awakening in the top slot after continuing his unbeaten record in the Group III Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. The Danica Guy-trained youngster has won $49,550, $7050 more than Ruud Awakening, who is currently sitting in second placing in the order of entry.

But it’s hard to imagine Ruud Awakening won’t once again claim the top mantle when she reappears in the $12,500 juvenile event this coming weekend, even though it will be by only $500.

Trainer Stephen Marsh is thrilled with the way Ruud Awakening has freshened during her break from the racetrack.

“She’s coming up really well,” said Marsh. “She’s galloped well and we’re looking forward to next Saturday. She’s on track for the Karaka Million.”

The $1 million Ellerslie juvenile event is on January 27 and though Marsh is aware it will be a hot field, he is confident she will be very competitive.

Ruud Awakening created a huge impression when winning her debut from the outside barrier, scoring by five and a quarter lengths over 800 metres at Avondale on October 1. She then lived up to expectations when proving too good for her rivals in the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham.

The daughter of Bernadini suffered her first defeat when second to the highly rated Bounding in the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe on November 24. But her performance to finish second, a long neck from the winner, was amazing.

Uncharacteristically she missed the start and looked to have lost any chance, but to get so close spoke volumes for her ability. She can bring the Karaka Million trophy home to Cambridge later in the month.