New plan for Ruud Awakening

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh has had a slight change of plans with his stable star Ruud Awakening.

Marsh is still pressing ahead with a first-up run for Ruud Awakening in the $A80,000 Super VOBIS Plate, a three-year-old fillies 1100 metres at Flemington on September 7 with Craig Williams aboard. But Ruud Awakening will not get the opportunity to have a trial or jumpout on the Flemington track before her three-year-old debut.

“I’d have liked to have given her a jumpout or a trial over there beforehand, but the flights don’t allow it,” said Marsh. “She’s booked to be flown to Melbourne on September 1 so she’ll instead have an exhibition gallop here.”

Yesterday Marsh approached Racing Taupo CEO, Dave Taylor, with a request to do that exhibition gallop between races at the Taupo meeting on August 19. Naturally, Taylor jumped at the opportunity to have the country’s most successful juvenile in action.

Marsh is excited about the return to the racetrack of Ruud Awakening, winner of the Karaka Million and the Gr.1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes (both at Ellerslie).

“I think I’ve got a lovely young team of horses and they are very promising, but she’s all class,” said Marsh. “I couldn’t be happier with the way she’s coming up. I just can’t wait to get started with her.”