Day At The Track

Driver Mat Rue is heading to the US

03:10 PM 01 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Mat Rue
Mat Rue

Miracle Mile winning reinsman Mat Rue is heading overseas.

The richly talented horseman will relocate to North America in April where he will be based with leading trainer and former Aussie Noel Daley in New Jersey on a six month stay.

Rue will be packing his drivers bag during his time abroad but the main purpose of the trip is to expand his knowledge of the training regime and general horse care.

Confirmation of the trip was verified after a trip to the Consulate General of the United States in Sydney on Wednesday where Visas were approved.

“Things have certainly changed and rather dramatically in the past couple of months; I was set to leave Luke and Belinda McCarthy and set up my own stable at Bathurst which was meant to coincide with the new track being built but getting a barn has come with a few obstacles so after speaking with Noel and Luke at Christmas, the plan was put in place and I can’t wait to get over there.” Rue said.

The rise to prominence for Rue elevated rapidly on April 28 last year, a smart front running drive aboard Lettucerockthem in the $307,000 Australian Pacing Gold two-year-old Colts and Geldings Final was followed by a skilful drive on outsider Baby Bling in the 2013 $750,000 Miracle Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle.

Rue was a regular in the winner’s circle at Menangle which was followed by a highly successful campaign in Brisbane where he acted as caretaker trainer and driver for Team McCarthy.

The lightweight reinsman is still a regular winner in Sydney where he has become the stable driver for the astute Peter Walsh stable while still maintaining close links to the McCarthy stable.

But the opportunity to broaden his skillset was too good to ignore.

“The chat with Noel was great and it really got me thinking, as they say, you never stop learning in this game and the opportunities should prove to be invaluable. I’ve heard so many stories from people that have spent large chunks of time up there and I can’t wait to experience it firsthand.

“It’s not about going up there to become a driver but Noel suggested I bring my gear and I will take my opportunities when presented but just being able to fine tune a few things on the training side will hopefully hold me in good stead for the future.

“Who knows what the future holds but this will only benefit me long term, I should be arriving when it becomes a little warmer and all the good racing will be just around the corner like the Hambletonian, Meadowland Pace, Little Brown Jug and maybe even a trip to Kentucky for their Grand Circuit week.”

Rue and his partner Gemma Hewitt will head off in April.

In the meantime, Rue will keep taking his opportunities in Sydney and hopefully the winners will keep flowing.

by Chris Barsby

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