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Former Top 3YO Steps Out in HK

Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Queensland Derby winner Ruthven (Domesday-Ruddigore, by Octagonal) has made his first public appearance in Hong Kong since being transferred to the powerful John Moore stable, reports racing.com. The Australian-bred 4YO finished fifth just behind the leaders in a 1000m barrier trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning. Moore said Ruthven would have one more trial next Friday before running on New Year's Day. His long-term aim is next year's Hong Kong Derby. Formerly trained in Australia by Ciaron Maher, Ruthven was sold to Albert Hung Chao Hong who owned this year's ill-fated Hong Kong Derby winner Rapper Dragon. "It was a good first trial, just what we were hoping to see," Moore said. "I was surprised by how precocious he was. He jumped out and was right near the speed over 1000m. He's a big bull of a thing so it takes time to get him fit. He's right where I want him going towards the four-year-old races." Moore added: "Looking at the program at this stage, I will likely go to a Class 2 over 1400m on January 1 although there is a mile Class 2 a week later too. Then we'll go to the Classic Mile second-up, through the Classic Cup and then the Derby. He's an exciting horse." Click here to watch Ruthven's (in the blue colours) trial.


Ruthven (image: Steve Hart)
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