All the talk before the race was about the lack of depth in this years $100,000 3 year old Ruby with only four horses given any real chances of taking the winners prize.
That was about the only thing that the pundits got right with the dual Derby winner King Denny overcoming a trip in the death seat to cement his standing as this years premier 3 year old.
From the time the mobile left the mile, the carnage began. First to break was the smart Mum's Pride and Trouble Rieu went out in sympathy soon after. While all this was going on, All Royal Gal had shot to the lead from barrier eight with rank outsider Monseignur settled in the trail behind the leader. Passing the 900, star filly Majestic Time went off stride meaning there was no mid race pressure.
Going pass the 400, Mark Purdon let the brakes off and King Denny straigthened up in front but to everyones surprise rank outsider Monseignur appeared up the passing lane and for a few brief seconds looked likely to cause the boilover of the season before King Denny lifted and got home with a neck to spare at the finish. Monseigneur, a ten start maiden went the race of his life for second while Sir George Grey ran home well for third., Trouble Rieu made a great recovery to run fourth but lost that placing in the inquiry room for his excessive early gallop with Djokovic being promoted to fourth.
King Denny's season is not over yet with a campaign centered on the Victorian Derby his one remaining goal as a three year old.
By Mark Robertson