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.

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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