Imperial Ruby Lands Gold Bowl
Maine Chance Farms’ inform sire Silvano enjoyed a feature race double on Saturday, with his progeny Hawwaam and Imperial Ruby landing the G1 WSB Premier’s Champion Challenge and G3 Bidvest Gold Bowl (3200m) respectively.
His progressive three-year-old son Imperial Ruby provided jockey Piere Strydom with a four win on Champions Day at Turffontein on Saturday, when Strydom got his mount up in the shadow of the post to claim the G3 Gold Bowl in thrilling fashion.
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The Gold Bowl always had an open look to it, and it was eventual runner up Factor Fifty who was eventually sent off a weak 73-20 tote favourite.
The field ambled along early in the running of Saturday’s 3200m contest, before Shenanigans took over down the back straight to make a more honest pace.
Shenanigans compounded close home, and it was left to Factor Fifty and Imperial Ruby (73-20) to fight out a thrilling finish, with inform Strydom coaxing a little more from Imperial Ruby to get his mount’s nose down at the post.
Factor Fifty was game in second, just a head off the winner, with longshot Top Shot (14-1) claiming third, two and a half lengths off the winner.
The Corne Spies trained Imperial Ruby claimed his biggest win, and fourth from 15 starts, in a time of 209.49.
A 97th stakes winner for his triple G1 winning sire Silvano, Imperial Ruby was yet another feature race winner for breeders Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein this weekend (others include the Lady’s Slipper Stakes winner Herrin, East Cape Breeders Stakes winner World Radar and Saturday’s brilliant G1 WSB Premier’s Champions Challenge winner Hawwaam).
A bargain R50 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, the classically bred Imperial Ruby is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Ruby Necklace, herself a daughter of G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Necklace.
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