Undoubtedly, the most awaited come back as a three-year-old is that of Ruud Awakening, winner of the Karaka Millions and the Group 1 Diamond Stakes.
Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “She’s come back bigger and stronger as she prepares for her three-year-old season. She will have a spring Melbourne campaign kicking off on 7 September. There are two races that day for her and we will nominate for both and then decide which one we will kick off in.”
Ruud Awakening has been nominated for Horse of the Year at the annual Racing Awards for the 2012/2013 season being held in Hamilton on Thursday night.
Bosma sees it as a two horse race between Ruud Awakening and Recite but is confident in his runner and has the stats to back it up. “Ruud has a higher Timeform rating than Recite, has posted faster times on the track and, while they’ve never met, Ruud has beaten the same two-year-old rivals Recite faced by bigger margins. We think she deserves the crown.”
The team is also delighted with another of its horses trained by Stephen Marsh – Lucky Country. Says Stephen, “Her time off over winter has done her nothing but good. She’s bulked up and looks formidable as she starts he four-year-old season. We will take things slowly with her though – she’s aimed at the Couplands Mile in November.
Last, but not least of the runners that tackled Group 1 races last season, is Savour the Moment. Says Albert, “We’re taking a different tack with him this season as previously we had him ready to race early-ish in Spring and we travelled him to Christchurch. He peaked too early in the season with this programme, so this campaign he’ll only race in the North Island and is aimed at the Thorndon Mile in late January.”