Taking The Fast (Ruby) Lane
Oct 06, 2015
The gutsy victory recorded by Ruby Lane at Echuca on Monday was a particuarly satisfying one for the stable, the lightly raced and talented four-year-old overcoming trouble in running to find the line in the style of a good horse.
Having to regain her momentum after checking off heels early in the straight, Ruby Lane really let go over the final stages, hitting the lead with 100m to go and drawing clear, her winning margin a soft 1 1/4 lengths.
It was a special win for a couple of reasons, firstly because Ruby Lane was bred by Robbie - as was her dam Ruby Trois, multiple city winning half-sister to our stakes winner Beltrois.
And secondly because Ruby Lane has suffered her fair share of set-backs including a slab fracture to the knee.
"It was great to see her return in such style," Robbie said of the mare who had not raced since January.
"A lot went wrong in the race but she overcame it all to get herself into the winners circle."
Jockey Matthew Allen was also pleased.
"She travelled well and once she got the split she let down nicely," he said.
Raced by Robbie & Shiranee Griffiths with Graeme Mcgregor, Graeme Bant, Rob Molloy, Ric Casey, Brian Donohoe, Sean Cameron, Mark White, Dr John Rosenthal, Kevin Donnelly, Jeremy Rosenthal, Don Healy and The Winning Waynes (manager Wayne Lee), Ruby Lane is by the in-form Written Tycoon).
She is the third foal and third winner (the others are all by Bel Esprit) for the Ruby Trois who foaled a Squamosa filly in late July.