Townsville Bulletin

RUBY READY TO GLITTER IN THE VILLE

- TONY WODE

ATHERTON trainer Michael Lee is confident his boom mare Ruby July’s love of the Cluden Park track can lift her to another win.

Ruby July is unbeaten in three starts at Cluden – all over the 1000m course – and is favourite to continue on her winning way in the Willows Pool Shop Class 6 Plate over 1000m.

The Bel Esprit mare has only been beaten twice in a six start career, including a narrow second in Cairns over 1250m at the amateurs earlier this month.

The mare faces stiff opposition in the shape of Townsville and Cairns Lightning winner Temple Front from Gary Dickson’s stables.

Lee is mindful of Ruby July’s awkward outside draw in the field of nine but says the drop back to 1000m will be ideal.

“Ruby’s feeling well and working well and I think she’s a very good chance,” Lee said. “She’s pretty much a track specialist in Townsville and if she can get a decent run from the barrier I think she’ll be hard to beat.

“I’m certain she will get 1200m. At her last start she was caught up front with three in line and they took off from the 700m. The winner was at the back and giggling.”

It could be a big day for Lee who has Ruby July’s little brother Yes Dream set down for his race debut in the BFQ Accountant­s QTIS 3YO

Maiden Handicap (1000m).

Yes Dream is by Dream Ahead out of the same dam, Platinum Ruby, and has had two trials in readiness for his first start.

But Lee said he would likely make a last minute decision on a start.

“He’s showing ability, but he’s never really been pushed right out.

His trials have been good and I’m happy with him but the lack of race experience and the wide draw could work against us,” Lee said.

 ?? ?? Ruby July in full flight when she won in sub 56-second time at her first start at Cluden in February. Picture: Mike Mills Photograph­y
Ruby July in full flight when she won in sub 56-second time at her first start at Cluden in February. Picture: Mike Mills Photograph­y

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