A blueblood Albury filly, dubbed ‘Pirate’ as a yearling after having to wear a patch for six months to protect a grazed eye, will get a warranted crack at Caulfield on Saturday.
The bureaucratic red tape trainer Mitch Beer has cut for Sunrise Ruby to contest the three-year-old fillies handicap (1200m) should be seen as a sign of intent.
Beer, a self-taught “professor” in border bubble regulations and permits, is hoping Sunrise Ruby can turn into a possible Kosciusko contender later in the year.
The daughter of Casino Prince, out of Scarletta, whose grand-dam Scandinavia produced Black Caviar and All Too Hard, has won three of four career starts at Albury.
“She’s as nice a horse as I’ve ever had, not that we’ve had any superstars but have had stakes fillies and fillies that have won Group 3s, she’s a genuine city class horse,” Beer said.
“She’s got the bloodlines behind her to be a nice horse, if she was half as good as a couple on that (pedigree) page, in particularly one (Black Caviar), she’d be a very nice horse.”
Sunrise Ruby, a $26 TAB outsider, has struck a hot race with Zesty Belle ($3.60), Sugartown ($5), Zou Dancer ($7.50) and Bubbly Lass ($7.50) at the top of the market.
“When she was a two-year-old she beat five-year-old geldings on debut, she’s never had an opportunity to run against the same age so to do that on Saturday will be terrific,” Beer said.
“Albeit, I wasn’t really expecting to run into horses like Zou Dancer … see where she stacks up.”
Beer’s long-time client and friend, dedicated Victorian owner-breeder Susan Zeitz, kindly leased shares in Sunrise Ruby to the affable trainer and some stable staff.
Despite an accident-prone upbringing, Sunrise Ruby, who was almost lost as a foal and then sustained the potentially career-ending eye injury, has taken to stable life with aplomb.
“She’s (Zeitz) probably had more bad luck than good, breeding horses but she’s always believed in this mare (Scarletta), I think she’s got a really nice filly on her hands,” Beer said.
“They’ve all (horses) got a story but it’s been a rollercoaster for Susan, nearly lost her as a foal and looked like she was never going to race with the whole one eye thing.
“She’s got a bit of a battle scar which she’ll have forever but she’s 100 per cent fine … horses when they go through something traumatic they learn to accept (and) now nothing phases her.
“She’s the easiest going filly because she’s been through it all as a young horse.”
Beer made national headlines last year at the start of the Covid pandemic stranded between NSW-Victoria border bans.
Like all on the Riverina, Beer, a racing social media sensation, has become as adept to permits as training.
“We‘re very well-schooled in the Covid regulation border bubble department,” Beer said.
“Not something you set out to be a professor in, unfortunately there’s not much I don’t know more about than border restrictions.”
Originally published asBlueblood filly impresses Beer for Caulfield assault
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