RENEE Dale and Caribbean Jack have given Bathurst’s Gemma and Mat Rue their fifth and sixth winners in the space of a week after saluting at Parkes’ Wednesday meeting.
Both runners found their victories in vastly different ways.
Renee Dale found the lead early and built a massive advantage late in the race, almost finishing in a different postcode from the rest of the field, while Caribbean Jack fought off a late challenge from stablemate Chris Be Quick.
Four-year-old mare Renee Dale ($1.25 favourite) got proceedings at Parkes off to an explosive start with her 33 metre victory in the Team Teal Ladyship Pace (2,040 metres).
Mat Rue and Renee Dale held their lead with ease from the inside gate, being tracked up by Tulhurst Lover with Dot Ayou working forward to the death seat.
Renee Dale blew the margin even wider apart down the home stretch. Tulhurst Lover ($18) recovered to finish runner-up just clear of Dot Ayou ($19).
“Renee Dale is a really lovely horse who’s had a lot of issues from the day we’ve had her. She’s had soreness in her feet and it takes a lot of time to get her right, and when she’s right she’s not right for long,” winning trainer Gemma Rue said.
“She's got a lot of talent. It’s just a shame we don’t get to see the best from her a lot.”
In the TAB.com.au Pace (2,040m) Caribbean Jack ($1.85, Mat Rue) and Chris Be Quick ($23, Ben Hagney) got right where they wanted to be in the early stages – sitting one and two on the inside line.
Both Chris Be Quick and a fast finishing Crazy In Love ($41) forced Caribbean Jack to keep his tempo high on the run for home but the favourite never looked deterred.
“That was his second three-year-old win so we’re not sure what to do with him now,” Rue said.
“We’ll give him 10 days off, a little bit of a freshen up, then we’ll aim him for the Bathurst Gold Chalice.”
The double follows on from the Rue’s similar effort at Orange last Sunday.