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Tiger Loans Gold Cup - Harlow 595M - £8,000

RUBYS RAZZLE duly completed a romp through the inaugural Gold Cup at Harlow on Tuesday with a powerful and determined display.

Going into the £8,000-to-the-winner first Category One competition at the Essex track, Roswell Romanov was the probably the most fancied of the Mark Wallis team.

But it became clear after Rubys Razzle had lowered the colours of her kennelmate at the first-round stage that she was going to be the one they all had to beat. And that simply didn’t happen as Rubys Razzle brushed aside all opposition.

In the final she displayed not only speed and agility but also a courage and determination that she hadn’t had the need to draw on in the preliminaries.

In the decider, Rubys Razzle contested with the Seamus Cahill-trained Astute Missile in the early part of the race before going a length or so clear of the Hove dog entering the home straight for the first time.

At that stage, Roswell Romanov was a length behind in third. The front trio were a couple of lengths clear of the rest and the pace was quick.

Astute Missile continued to give Rubys Razzle most to think about as the expected challenge from Roswell Romanov failed to materialise and the field approached the home straight.

Rubys Razzle maintained a strong gallop to the wire and held-off a powerful finish up the rails by Cooladerry Lid and at the line she had a three-parts of a length to spare from Jean Liles’ bitch in 37.69sec (0.50sec slow).

Astute Missile, who ran a big race for the Cahill kennel, was third, a length and three parts ahead of Roswell Romanov – Bubbly Torpedo never really got going and was fifth, whilst semi-final winner Swift Slaney was never a factor on this occasion.


Mark Wallis (trainer of Rubys Razzle and Roswell Romanov): “She didn’t break as well in the final as she had done in the earlier rounds but that gave her a chance to show just how determined a performer she is. She really is a brilliant competition bitch and it was great to win the first running of the Harlow Gold Cup. I think we’ll target the Grand prix at Sunderland with her and take in a few races beforehand.

“At the beginning of the year we decided that the aim for Roswell Romanov was the three big Romford races – the Coronation Cup, the Champion Stakes and the Essex Vase – and that hasn’t changed. He is the best Romford specialist I have seen since Adageo Bob. He ran well in the Harlow competition but it wasn’t to be. He probably wasn’t as happy at the track as he is at Romford. I think we’ll give him a start in the Derby.”