Always a factor to contend with

Corne with owners Jannie de Lange and Pieter Steffens, Vantage Point. (JC Photos).
Scarlet and Crimson
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Noble Striker (far side) fought on well to win.
A drop in class and distance
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Always a factor to contend with

Imperial Ruby stretched nicely clear.

Imperial Ruby stretched nicely clear.

If all Imperial Ruby’s fifth places were turned into fourths, he’d be one of the most consistent place-getting stayers in training. Still with his several unlucky unplaced runs (just pipped out of the places in the G3 Gold Vase and the G3 Victory Moon) he has a reputation as one to be reckoned with over 1800m and further.

Imperial Ruby showed once more that he’s capable of galloping with the best long-distance runners around when his merit rating is around the 98 – 100 mark and he’s in the mood. He won a strong Pinnacle Plate over 2400m at the postponed Guineas meeting at Turffontein with some comfort – Craig Zackey at the controls.

Always a factor to contend with 1
Xander Spies, Corne Spies and Craig Zackey. (JC Photos).

Corne Spies thanked Suzette Viljoen and Alfie Pawson, co-partners in Imperial Ruby with Xander Spies and Spies Racing and said: “He’s brought us lots of joy, he’s one you can never ignore and I think he’s enjoying his new surroundings at Randjesfontein.

Corne has horses stabled at both his old Vaal base and at the Randjes centre now and added: “Craig Zackey rode a good race, he gets on well with Imperial Ruby.”

The son of deceased super stallion Silvano has now earned R475,000 from 33 starts, he’s won six races and will win again.

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