“It was always going to be a huge ask from barrier 16, even for a horse as talented as Ruud Awakening”, says trainer Stephen Marsh. “She also didn’t handle the heavier track and was never able to show her incredible speed. Coupled with a poor jump from the gates, in the end it was too much for her.”
A full contingency of 70 plus owners and supporters had flown to Sydney to watch the richest 2 year old race in the world at Rosehill racecourse. “Just to have made the field is an incredible accomplishment in itself,” says Racing Manager, Albert Bosma. “She’s the first New Zealand horse in 18 years to compete.”
As disappointing as the result was, the syndicate is looking to the future. “She’s come through unscathed, even after weathering a bumpy trip in the race, and she has an exciting 3 year old season to look forward to,” says Albert.
Ruud Awakening may kick off in the Group 3, 1200m Gold Trail Stakes in Hastings in early September.