Trainer Matt Robinson had to revise his plan slightly, but still has local mare Mosgiel Ruby spot on for Friday's $32,000 Livermore Cup (1400m) at Taree.
The Taree-based trainer had planned to target the race first-up with the six-year-old mare but had to change tack and instead kicked off her campaign at Coffs Harbour on July 23 when she ran a close fourth behind Ekibuuka in the Daniel Baker Prelude over 1215m.
"I've targeted this race at Taree for her but my original plan was to tackle the race first-up with her. But she did a bit too well and got away from me a bit so I kicked her off at Coffs Harbour instead," Robinson said.
"They were just a bit sharp for her over the 1215m in that race but the 1400m of Friday's race is ideal." Mosgiel Ruby has been a very handy performer for the Robinson family, so far collecting just over $130,000 in prizemoney from eight wins and 10 minor placings from 46 starts. Half of her career starts have been at Taree where she has won four races and been placed another six times. Mosgiel Ruby has struck her best form in 2017, winning four of her nine starts so far this year.
"I bought her for only $4500 a weanling, so we've had a lot of fun with her," said Robinson. "She's been going super all year, certainly the best form of her career.
"She's racing on her home track on Friday - where she's always run her best races - and has a good record at 1400m, so hopefully that puts her right in the race.
"It's a deep race with a lot of chances, but I think she's a very good each-way hope. She's drawn well (gate six) and Ben Looker rides her and he knows her so well. It would be great to win a nice race like this on your home track."
Ben Looker has ridden the mare in five of her eight wins, most recently when they combined for back-to-back wins at Grafton and Muswellbrook on April 11 and April 21.
Friday's Livermore Cup looks an open race with several genuine winning chances, including the Ben Smith-trained Anecdote, the Kris Lees-trained Fleeteor, Allan Denham's Can I Have, Kylie Gavenlock's Randiki and the Damien Lane-trained All But Gone.
All But Gone has caught the eye in his two runs this preparation and should be very hard to beat stepping up to the 1400m.
He rocketed home first-up at huge odds when second to the talented Brisbane galloper Havasay (a subsequent easy Doomben winner) at Grafton on July 13 and proved that run was no fluke when he again made up good late ground when runner-up to Shotgun Roulette in the Daniel Baker Sprint at Coffs Harbour.
Matt McGuren takes over from Queensland rider Jason Taylor on All But Gone at Taree.