Ruby makes it three
A stirring victory by our stable star Rock On Ruby completed a great day for the team at Ascot on Saturday.
Days like this don't come along too often and there were lively scenes of celebration as the owners of Rock On Ruby cheered him back into the winner's enclosure.
He has been the flagship for us from Day One and looked as good as ever as he sped clear of his rivals at the finish of the Coral Hurdle.
At the last flight four horses were breathing down his neck. Yet a hundred yards later he was stretching clear for another brilliant success.
The truth is the more they come at Ruby the more he likes seeing them off.
I had done very little with Rock On Ruby since he was second at Wetherby in the mud three weeks ago where he had a hard race.
The plan now is to take him to the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham which he won a year ago.
He started the afternoon with a cosy success on American in the staying novice hurdle. This is a horse who came to us on trial last spring. We liked what we saw and agreed to buy him after a month for the Jago Family partnership.
American is the same sort of type as Fletchers Flyer who won this same race at Ascot a year ago. He had come on from his race at Aintree, jumps and stays and will make a proper three mile chaser in time.
She blew her chance at Wincanton a fortnight ago by boiling over at the start before tearing off at a breakneck pace and kicking her hurdles out of the way.
This time, equipped with ear plugs, she behaved much better ridden by our amateur Michael Legg who had previously won two point-to-points on her.
Desert Queen travelled smoothly throughout, jumping boldly, quickened up on the final bend and was out on her own in the closing stages.
This was the performance I had been expecting from Desert Queen at Wincanton. She will make a lovely chaser in time but we will keep her to hurdles now with a decent mares handicap hurdle at Kempton a suitable target next.
Bags Groove, on his racecourse debut, came tantalising close to giving us a fourth winner on the card in the closing bumper.
He led into the final furlong before lack of experience told as he was caught close home by Criq Rock who was more streetwise on his fourth start.
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