Day At The Track

Sunny Ruby sprouts wings at Addington

07:31 PM 29 Mar 2016 NZDT
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Sunny Ruby
Sunny Ruby seen here winning at Ashburton
Sunny Ruby

The C4 and faster trot at Addington Raceway on Saturday night only drew nine runners but there was plenty of harness racing talent on display.

The outstanding Sheemon led the way and even though he was off 40 metres, he was the public betting elect for the race.

The enigmatic Waterloo Sunset was well supported as was Jag's Invasion but after that the runners were in double figures.

Pyramaid Monarch jumped to an early lead for Brad Williamson and led for the first 1200 metres before John Dunn and Jag's Invasion took over with 1400 metres to run.

Sheemon and Dexter Dunn were immediately up to sit on Jag's Invasion wheel and these two trotters looked each other in the eye a long way out from home.

Going past the 400 metres mark, they had started to gap the chasing bunch and as they turned for home, the gap back to the bunch was a conserative ten lengths.

Just as the public settled down to see which one of the two protanginists doing battle would win the race, Gavin Smith eased Sunny Ruby out from last of the chasing pack and then producing an exhibition of speed over 200 metres that is as quick as anything this writer has seen from a trotter at Addington.

Not only did the four-year-old daughter of Sundon sweep on past Sheemon and Jag's Invasion and win by two lengths, but she did it with her driver Gavin Smith sitting dead still in the bike and not moving a muscle.

The week before last Saturday night Sunny Ruby had been expected to go a big race but had finished last although Gavin said she had her reasons for the poor display.

"It was blowing a gale and the removable hood came off not long after the start and after that she just grabbed the bit and never came back to me."

"Trainer Sam Smolenski made a couple of adjustments so the hood couldn't fly off again but the plan on Saturday night was to just get around and get her to relax and let her run home late."

"Her biggest problem is she can get really wound up on raceday and that is going to count against her in the big trotting races but if you can give her a run like she got on Saturday night, I think she is good enough to win one of the big ones," Gavin said.

Sunny Ruby was privately timed to run her last 800 metres in 56.5 and her last 400 metres in 27.9 but Gavin only pulled her out at the 200 metres mark and she scooted that sectional in a blistering 12.9 and did it with ease.

"I know her form looks a bit inconsisitent but it will always look like that because of the way Sunny Ruby races."

"But she remains capable of beating any of the trotters going around if she gets that soft trip and has one run at them," Gavin said.

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