Ruud Awakening ruled out of Caulfield start

Hoof problems have ruled Ruud Awakening out of a planned start in the $A250,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

“We were looking at the Blue Sapphire on Saturday, provided she worked well this morning, but she’s not 100 per cent so didn’t gallop,” said trainer Stephen Marsh.

“She’s looking a million dollars and feeling a million dollars, but she’s still ginger on her feet.

“We’ll keep treating her and try and get all the bruising out. She hasn’t galloped since she last raced. All she’s had is pacework.”

Ruud Awakening disappointed last start when beating one rival home in the Gr. 3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley and initially Marsh was at a loss to explain the failure.

“We did all the tests on her afterwards and she seemed fine,” he said. “This foot problem only came up a few days later.

“She’s never had a problem with her feet before and it’s just niggling away at her. We’ll keep swimming her for a few days and hopefully she’ll improve.”

Marsh says no risks will be taken with Ruud Awakening. “It’s no use sending her around unless she’s 100 per cent,” he said. “If she comes right there’s a three-year-old race on Cox Plate day that she could run in then come home for a spell.”

Ruud Awakening joins Dundeel and Sangster on the foot jury list in Melbourne. “We’re all having problems, but they’re all different feet problems,” said Marsh.