Mat aims to be a home town hero

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MICHAEL DUMESNY

FOR Bathurst trainer, driver Mat Rue, this af­ter­noon’s 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.

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