Beer could be drinking Champagne if Sunrise Ruby salutes

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Beer could be drinking Champagne if Sunrise Ruby salutes

By Chris Roots

Albury trainer Mitchell Beer has a Kosciuszko dream for Sunrise Ruby, but whether it has any standing in reality will be decided in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Randwick.

The Casino Prince filly has won three of her four starts on her home track in the south of the state and comes to town to test the potential Beer sees in her. He thinks she might be the best horse he has trained, but she has to prove that at the next level to start the path to Kosciuszko.

Mitchell Beer believes Sunrise Ruby can prioven her Kosciuszko credentials in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.

Mitchell Beer believes Sunrise Ruby can prioven her Kosciuszko credentials in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.Credit:Getty

“That is the dream everyone in the country with a nice horse has at this time of the year,” Beer said. “We need to find out does the dream fit into reality. If she can win this race, we can come home and start to plan how to get someone to pick her for the Kosi.

“She is a young horse on the way up, like last year’s winner It’s Me, but these type of horses have to keep winning to prove they up to the old hard heads that will be there on Kosi day.”

Beer will watch Sunrise Ruby from Goulburn, because going to Randwick would mean a two-week quarantine period for the Albury trainer.

“I drove her up here to Goulburn [on Friday] and I will be watching from here and wait for her to come back a winner,” Beer said. “I can make sure everything goes right until she leaves, I just can’t afford to go to the races because it will put me out of action for too long.”

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Sunrise Ruby caught Beer’s eye from the moment she walked into the stable. The only frustration with her since then has been the waiting. She won as a two-year-old but growing pains meant she has taken until the end of her three-year-old year to show the world what Beer has known for a long time.

“She was always a big heavy filly but she had the raw ability to win as a two-year-old,” Beer said. “We gave her a spell and came back as an early three-year-old thinking she would go through her grades and she was beaten as a $1.65 favourite.

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“I knew something had to be wrong. We went over and found her fetlocks were very immature and were going through a growth process.

“We just put her away for six months and forgot about her. She just needed that time and she has shown what she is capable of this time in.”

Sunrise Ruby has beaten older horses twice since returning for her third preparation, and Beer believes she will only get better.

“There has been no pressure to get her to the races from the owners, even though they knew they had a good horse,” Beer said. “She needed the experience of those couple of runs and now she is ready for the next stepping stone.

“The great thing about the Highways is it gives a good indication of where you stand and if we are going to be good enough this year for the Kosi, we’ll know after Saturday.”

Sunrise Ruby is a $7 second pick in betting behind last start Highway winner and $4 favourite Mr Hussill, an injury-plagued five-year-old which Scone trainer Cameron Crockett also has Kosciuszko aspirations for.

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