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Pin Point Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster 661M - £8,000

IS Rubys Rascal the next big star on the UK staying scene? A fantastic performance in the £8,000 Pinpoint Yorkshire St Leger (631m) at Doncaster and the comments afterwards from his trainer Mark Wallis would suggest the answer is very much in the affirmative.

This really was a performance from the top drawer. The field was reduced to five following the withdrawal of a lame Droopys Tamera from trap five but that shouldn’t be allowed to lessen the impact of what was a fabulous run from a youngster clearly going to the top.

There was nothing particularly fancy about the performance. It was created by hard grit and determination and a sprinkling of quite incredible track craft.

The very talented Coney Cashen (trap six) did what she does best. The Tony McKenna-trained bitch set the early fractions, alongside Kevin Hutton’s recent recruit Huarache Madison (trap three) with Rubys Rascal (trap one) handily positioned in behind. Billys Bullet was close enough if good enough but Cooladerry Lid struggled to keep up with the early pace and trailed the field.

Coney Cashen kept up a frantic pace but ultimately the speed, stamina and class possessed by Rubys Rascal won the day as he came through to score by a shade under two lengths in 41.10sec (0.15sec fast).

Coney Cashen ran a cracker in second and there will be plenty of opportunities for this early-paced stayer in the months and years to come. And don’t dismiss Huarache Madision. I like this dog a lot and Kevin Hutton will no doubt create a schedule that will play to his strengths as well.

Billys Bullet continues to cut it at the top level and is still a match with most in the staying division, whilst Cooladerry Lid wasn’t that far behind at the line and has a decent future ahead.

WHAT THE CONNECTIONS SAID

Mark Wallis (trainer of Rubys Rascal and Billys Bullet): “I have been saying for a long time I think this dog is special and I think you have seen it there this evening. He has everything: pace, track craft and stamina in abundance. He is going places and is going to win a lot more I must thank Ian Greaves (breeder) for another champion that he has sent us. Billys Bullet has done well to get to the final and has plenty of pay days ahead of him. But this dog is the young pretender and he has come of age tonight. To be honest he looked special in his first couple of trials and races at Towcester. He looked a superstar in the making. And he has gone from strength to strength. To win a category One at your first attempt is really good and we have got lots to look forward to. The (William Hill sponsored) St Leger at Wimbledon is now the target for both Rubys Rascal and Billys Bullet. I’ve really enjoyed running here at Doncaster. It’s not a track we’ve had a lot of runners at in the past and this is our first winner of the Yorkshire St Leger.”

 

John Clarke (owner of Rubys Rascal): “I bought him a year ago from Ian Greaves (breeder). He is out of Swift Eva who is also the dam of Swift Curie who won this last year (the Yorkshire St Leger). Obviously the family has a good record in the competition and Rubys Rascal clearly stays. He was the understudy and the master (Billys Bullet) was in the race. My expectation of him before hand was that he would run a good race and that is what he has done. He’s obviously got to go to Wimbledon (for the St Leger) but I’m not a fan of the track.”

 

THE UNDERCARD

A thrilling performance from Queen Asia in the £4,000 final of the Truframe British-Bred Oaks (483m) was the highlight of the supporting races.

The Rab and Liz McNair-trained runner broke well and gained a substantial lead along the far side before Fearsome Folly stayed on impressively in the latter stages to reduce the deficit to two and a half lengths as Queen Asia crossed the line in 29.21sec (0.20sec fast).

Jimmy Wright had a cracking night with a double provide by two of his kennel stalwarts Droopys Buick in the Pinpoint Invitation (483m), which he took in 29.25sec (0.10sec fast) and Droopys Country who landed the Conlon Family Stakes (450m) in 27.16sec (0.10sec fast).