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Mare “Tuffs” it out to win maiden

01 / 09 / 2010 Article by: Editor
Ruff 'N' Tuff returns to the unsaddling enclosure with Chris Pace aboard
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LONGFORD trained mare Ruff ‘N’ Tuff lived up to her name at The TOTE Racing Centre at Launceston on Sunday, breaking her maiden status with a battling display to win over the 1400 metres.

Young apprentice Chris Pace, who had ridden the four-year-old mare in her previous two starts, was able to find the lead on the fence. Ruff ‘N’ Tuff and race favourite Avachar drew clear of the field in the straight to stage a two horse war over the final 200 metres.

Hitting the finish almost in sync the pair was separated by the judge with a nose the winning margin, earning horse and jockey a well deserved victory.

It was Pace’s first win of the season and trainer Barry Baker was very happy with the result.

“We are more than pleased with her” Baker said.

“This last fortnight or so her work has been really good. She has made strides with each run and her work has been improving all the time”

“We expected her to run a big race today. Top three we would have been happy with but the win was a bonus” he said.

Baker having broken her in knows her all too well and thinks his four-year-old will have a future over more ground.

“I definitely think she is a staying filly, she has just taken a bit of time to mature” he said

“We broke her in and turned her out and she has come back really well”

After a solid performance over the 1400 metres, Baker will look to contest a mile race for her next start.

“She has had a freshen up and now we will look at more distance. Ideally we would like to find a 1600 metre race but will wait and see how she pulls up” Baker said.

Story by Blayne Hudson.