Reelem In Ruby the crown jewel in Snow­den sta­ble quinella

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

CO-TRAIN­ERS Peter and Paul Snow­den snared the fea­ture-race dou­ble when sta­ble­mates Reelem In Ruby and Moss Trip gave syn­di­ca­tors Triple Crown a Group 2 quinella at Rose­hill Gar­dens yes­ter­day.

Reelem In Ruby was re­warded for her re­mark­able con­sis­tency with an im­pres­sive win from Moss Trip in the $500,00 Hot Dan­ish Stakes (1400m).

Just 45 min­utes ear­lier, the Snow­den sta­ble pre­pared the first and third placeget­ters, Dame Giselle and Blaze A Trail, in the $1 mil­lion Golden Gift.

“A great re­sult for the sta­ble, I’m very proud of all our horses to­day,’’ Peter Snow­den said.

“I’m es­pe­cially pleased for the own­ers of Reelem In Ruby, they have been very pa­tient and this is a de­serv­ing win.

“I al­ways thought 1400m would suit ‘Ruby’ and she was very dom­i­nant. She beat some very smart mares and beat them well so it’s a credit to her.’’

Reelem In Ruby ($3.80 favourite) was well-rid­den by Tim Clark and raced clear to score by 1¼ lengths from Moss Trip ($26) with El Do­rado Dream­ing ($10) fin­ish­ing fast for third, a long-head fur­ther back.

“She’s a gutsy mare and re­ally gives her all,’’ Clark said of Reelem In Ruby.

“I thought I prob­a­bly held on to her a frac­tion long the other day so I made sure I was there to make a move early and she was able to sus­tain a run right through the line.

“It was nice to win the race named in Hot Dan­ish’s hon­our be­cause she did so much for my ca­reer.’’ Snow­den said Reelem In Ruby proved she was wor­thy of be­ing set for higher hon­ours and had a long-range plan to try to win the Group 1 Cool­more Clas­sic (1500m) at Rose­hill in March.

“I wouldn’t say her sprint is dev­as­tat­ing but it keeps build­ing,’’ he said. “She can re­ally sus­tain that ac­cel­er­a­tion.

“She is shap­ing as a mare we can set for the Cool­more Clas­sic. I might give her one more run in the Festival Stakes but I’m mind­ful of giv­ing her a break be­fore au­tumn. I was re­ally happy with Moss Trip, that was her best run for quite a while. Now she is back in form, we will keep her go­ing.’’

The rid­ers of Reelem In Ruby and Moss Trip (An­drew Ad­kins) wore Triple Crown’s spe­cial pink silks which syn­di­ca­tors Michael and Chris Ward are us­ing on their horses through Novem­ber to raise money for the McGrath Foun­da­tion.

It was their first win since an­nounc­ing the fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive.

“It is fan­tas­tic to be able to do some­thing for the McGrath Foun­da­tion,’’ Michael Ward said.

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