Ruby shines

Jan 26, 2012

Patience has played the key to Blue Ruby's success when the Clarry Conners-trained filly took out Thursday's Australian Turf Club Maiden Handicap (1100m) at Warwick Farm.

Conners persevered after the daughter of Lonhro drew wide barriers at her last three starts prompting the trainer to scratch the three-year-old on each occasion.

"I've accepted with her three times before today and every time she's drwan the outside alley,” Conners told TVN.

"Luckily Stuart Ramsay, who owns her, said you wait and get a nice barrier for her.”

The trainer said he wasn't surprised about Blue Ruby's performance despite his concerns over the distance of Thursday's race.

"I've always had a big opinion of this filly,” he said. "She went good. I thought the 1100m would be a bit short for her.”

Conners praised winning rider Hugh Bowman saying "we know how good Hughie is” and said Blue Ruby would be aimed at "some easy races”.

Bowman followed the Chris Waller-trained Hydropower into the race before peeling off that galloper's back and driving to the lead to beat Lord Mitchell and That's How.

The jockey said the heavy track didn't hold any problems for Blue Ruby and suggested the grey filly could be a horse to follow.

"It's always a bit of a question mark (heavy track). She looked as though she knew what she was doing and always travelled well,” Bowman said.

"Her best bit was the last 50 metres. I think we'll see more of her.”