Ruud Awakening impresses Bosson

Opie Bosson, the country’s leading jockey, gave Ruud Awakening a big thumbs up for her Australian campaign after riding her in an exhibition gallop between races at Taupo today.

Ruud Awakening worked on her own and was timed over the final 800 metres in 52.8, quickening to run the last 600 in 36.8. “She felt great,” said Bosson. “She was cruising along and quickened up only for the last 300 metres. She did it so easily.”

It was just the second time Bosson had ridden Ruud Awakening, the first occasion being when winning the Gr.1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie last March. “She’s filled out a bit since I rode her at Ellerslie and she’s a lot stronger now,” said Bosson.

Trainer Stephen Marsh was very pleased with the hit-out, Ruud Awakening’s only public appearance before she heads to Melbourne on September 1. “She’s flying,” said Marsh. “That’s exactly what I wanted to see her do. The trip down here and that gallop will bring her on nicely for Melbourne.”

Ruud Awakening will make her Melbourne debut in the $A80,000 Super VOBIS Plate, a three-year-old fillies 1100 metres at Flemington on September 7, with Craig Williams aboard. Williams rode her to a runaway victory in the Karaka Million at Ellerslie last January and was also in the saddle in her last start in the Gr.1 Golden Slipper Stakes when a wide draw ruined any chance she had.

No sooner had Ruud Awakening been hosed down than the attention turned to the third event at Taupo, the Bradbury Park Bowl, in which Recite and Bounding, the two fillies she conquered in winning the Champion Two-Year-Old Award at last Thursday’s NZ Thoroughbred Racing Awards dinner, did battle.

Bounding, having her first start since chasing Ruud Awakening home in the Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes, missed the kick but was soon in front and scored comfortably by two and three-quarter lengths, bringing about the first defeat of Recite.