Chasing Jewels

It’s taken almost her entire 2YO campaign, but things might finally be starting to fall into place for Di’z Luck.

And the timing couldn’t be any better.

The Gavin Smith Racing Stables juvenile today will tackle her biggest assignment to date when she lines up in the Group One 2YO Ruby at the 10th edition of the Harness Jewels in Cambridge.

Not a lot has gone right for the daughter of The Pres in her four career starts. They’ve yielded two third placing and two fifths, but at times the speedy wee filly has underwhelmed after looking more than capable in workouts and trials.

But when she steps out onto Cambridge Raceway early this afternoon (12.20pm) she will do so at 100 percent – the first time in her career that Gavin has been actually able to say that.

“We are staying at Peter and Wendy Ferguson’s place and it’s an ideal for her as it’s so quiet,” Gavin said.

“She’s travelled up super and settled in well. Better than what I thought she would anyway.”

Drawn barrier seven over the flying distance of one mile, the task won’t be easy for Gavin and Di’z Luck – especially with her biggest rivals; Enghien, Habibi Inta and Custodian all drawn inside her.

But with the big money on offer Gavin admitted to having no other choice than to come out of the gate and try and position up handy to the speed.

“We will come out so that we can get around the mistake makers early and that takes bad luck out of the question.

“I think she will struggle to beat the good ones, but a top four finish for her is a huge result.

“Just having her here is pretty big for the group that own her. We will enjoy the moment no matter what.”

Gavin has just the one other drive at the Jewels meeting. But it’s a pretty important one.

He will team up again with the Sam Smolenski stable and Sunny Ruby to try and make it back-to-back Jewels victories and down Australasia’s best trotter, Monbet in the process.

Sunny Ruby is the one horse anyone wants to talk about in relation to her chances of beating Monbet and while it might not be quite the clear cut, Gavin isn’t locking in any one way or the other to the beat the freak.

“I don’t think I will know until we get around the first bend to be honest,” he said.

“From there we can try and see where the dangers are and then pick our battles.

“I think she can lead and win it, and we know she can off the back of him and beat him.

“That first wee stage of the race is going to be pretty critical.”

With Monbet ranked at $1.16, Sunny Ruby is the only other runner in the 4YO Ruby who is believed to be capable of beating him judging by her being the only other runner in single figure odds.

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