Caption: Wynburn Ruby wins the recent final of the $11,255 Sires On Ice Tasmanian Oaks (515m) at the Ladbrokes Racing Centre in Launceston
By Brennan Ryan
WYNYARD-bred, owned and trained greyhound Wynburn Ruby made amends for her unsuccessful mainland campaign by scoring an all-the-way win in the recent final of the $11,255 Sires On Ice Tasmanian Oaks (515m) at the Ladbrokes Racing Centre in Launceston.
Starting the $1.45 favourite, Wynburn Ruby, owned by breeder Tom Englund for the Wynburn Racing Syndicate and trained by Ben Englund, took full advantage of box six and bounced straight to the front.
Out and flying with a handy break against her rivals, the white and fawn daughter of Fernando Bale and Wynburn Cutie raced away in the home straight to score by over 10 lengths from Buckle Up Aria in 29.49s. Dashing Pippa was third.
Ben Englund said it was a big thrill to see his home-bred chaser showcase her best, adding her name to the Tasmanian Oaks honour roll alongside Wynburn Lethal in 2020 and Society Style in 1976 who were also bred and trained by the Englund family.
“It was a fantastic run. I had concerns all week about the box draw heading into the final,” Ben Englund said.
“Box six was an obstacle because Wynburn Ruby just loves to be on the rail. When she jumped it really took me by surprise, like where did that come from?
“Once she leads there isn’t a runner that can keep up with her.”
Ben pointed out her inexperience was also put to the test against some well-performed runners.
“Campaign wise Wynburn Ruby has been up for quite some time, though in regards to her racing record she has only raced 15 times where the majority of the field had run up to 20-25 times. I like to say her win in the final was a case of her maturity starting to show,” Englund said.
While the focus was on Wynburn Ruby taking out the Tasmanian Oaks, litter brother Wynburn Chief stepped up to the longer distance by taking out the R.L. Foley Perpetual Stakes over 720m.
With the policy amendment of allowing a minimal four runners to contest staying races over the next few months, trainers virtually took the punt and prepared their chasers for a crack at the gruelling distance.
The white and red brindle chaser scored by a nose over Maddie’s Help to clock in 43.02 seconds.
Nail ‘Em Fencer wins Derby thriller
Outstanding Dilston-trained sprinter Nail ‘Em Fencer did just enough to secure the prestigious $11,255 Tania Rattray MLC Tasmanian Derby Final in Launceston on the same program.
The victory gave trainer Neville Allison his second win in the event following on from Dilston Knight in 2005.
Nail ‘Em Fencer began well from box seven to lead on the first turn before establishing a three-length break down the back. However, the opposition closed strongly, and he had only a head to spare on the line over the fast-finishing Dewana Milo with Clairvoyant a length away third.
Owner Kingsley Jarman has enjoyed immense success racing the son of Aston Dee Bee and Hoity Toity to 12 race wins, including a victory in the Ladbrokes Illingworth Classic earlier this year.