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A cheeky win by Ruby

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Local owner-trainer Amanda Darmanin’s small team continues to perform well, the latest win coming at Tara Raceway last Sunday when Ruby’s Cheekstar got up in the last bound in the Stake (400 m) to defeat tearaway leader Jay Bee Ell.

Amanda Darmanin pictured with Ruby’s Cheekstar after her fast-finishing win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The win was the first over the short course for the black bitch, with her breeding of Cape Hawke x Jamaican Ruby suggesting that she would be better suited over more ground as has been the case with littermates I’m A Princess and Ima Caravan.

But Ruby’s Cheekstar is also a 600 metre winner – twice at Tara Raceway – with Darmanin treating the 400 metre win as a real bonus as she builds her back up to middle-distance racing.

Sunday’s win was the first for Darmanin who purchased her in early November from breeder-owner Robert Walsh of Koroit after she had run second over 600 metres at the local track.

“After that run I asked him if he was interested in selling her,” she said. “In his typical fashion he said ‘it’ll cost you’ and from there we were able to work out a suitable arrangement.”

Ruby’s Cheekstar will line-up again on Sunday over 400 metres with Darmanin hoping to have her ready for The Tankman Grade Five 600 metre feature over the Mount Gambier Cup carnival.

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