Mat aims to be a home town hero
FOR Bathurst trainer, driver Mat Rue, this afternoon’s TAB.com.au Carnival of Cups meeting at Cowra will be somewhat of a homecoming.
Rue was born and raised in nearby Canowindra, just 30 kilometres north-east of Cowra and he has fond memories of learning his trade around the picturesque Cowra circuit when coming through the ranks as junior driver.
“With the track at Canowindra closing down, I did most of my trial drives down at Cowra”, Rue explained.
Mat is currently based at the Bathurst Showground in a training partnership with his wife Gemma and the pair are enjoying reasonable success this season, notching up some important race wins throughout the Carnival of Cups Series.
A highlight for Mat and Gemma has been the rise of their very talented filly, Callmequeenbee who has been contesting some of the feature three-year-old fillies races throughout New South Wales.
Last Friday night at Dubbo the daughter of Shadow Play brought up win number four for the season when she recorded an impressive win in fast time.
Callmequeenbee was stepping up to take on the older horses for the first time at Dubbo and she done it with ease, clocking a 1:57.9 mile rate, racing clear to win by almost 15 metres.
“She is all class and we are very excited about heading into some of the bigger races with her,” said Rue.
The upcoming Breeders Challenge series is the next assignment for the filly and Rue is quite happy with the way she is shaping up.
“They will know [her opposition] she is there in the race - I have no doubt,” Rue said.
This afternoon at Cowra, Rue will have a quiet day in the gig by his standards with just three drives on the nine race program that kicks off with an early start at 11.44am.
He takes the reins behind two runners for Bathurst based trainer Peter Bullock who is the principal trainer for Rayngold’s Shannon Springs establishment.
Mat believes that both pacers, Ladyjoanna Shannon and Ruth Shannon, will be prominent from good draws and he expects both mares to finish in the placings.
His other drive for the afternoon comes up in race seven on the program when he takes the drive aboard Our Castanea, a gelding that is trained by his father, Ken Rue.
Rue rates the seven-year-old highly and today from gate one he expects him to be in the firing line despite a step up in grade from recent starts.
“He is a very honest horse and I reckon the speed will be on which will suit the way he likes to race, he will finish off well,” Rue concluded.