By Glenn Davis
Promising mare Rare Ruby will be given an opportunity to boost her future stud value when she chases Black-Type later this month following her impressive victory at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Rare Ruby, ridden by Ric McMahon, had little trouble disposing of her opposition with a commanding two length win over Schiavone in the Weareco Class Six Plate (1200m).
Divine City was only a long neck away third.
It was Rare Ruby's fourth win of only six starts with the daughter of Elusive Quality maintaining her unbeaten record from three runs this campaign.
Rare Ruby, who is owned by a syndicate headed by Gold Coast businessman John Hutchins, is a half sister to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Meurice.
Meurice won three times during a seven-start career which included a placing in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in 2007.
Hutchins has had a successful association in recent years with Rare Ruby's trainer Mick Lakey who has a team of 18 horses in work at Deagon on Brisbane's northern outskirts.
Hutchins also raced the Lakey-trained Risk Aversion and Peter Moody's Typhoon Tracy who retired with six Group 1 wins in a stellar career which yielded 11 wins and five placings from 20 starts and career earnings of $2.4 million.
Risk Aversion, who was runner-up to Red Tracer in last year's G3 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill, is now in foal to champion sire Redoute's Choice.
Lakey, 45, is one of the quiet achievers among Brisbane's strong training ranks.
The former jockey began his training career at Beaudesert, south of Brisbane, in 1998 before moving to Deagon ten years ago.
Much of his craft was learned in his riding days with fellow Deagon trainer Geoff Burns and his late brother Des.
Geoff Burns has been involved in racing for many years and almost won a Melbourne Cup when El Laurena was runner-up to Just A Dash in 1981.
One of Des Burns' biggest wins was with Sea Cabin in the 1988 Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast.
Lakey is confident Rare Ruby will handle another step up in grade when she tackles the $80,000 Listed Travel Associates Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on November 30.
"To win or be placed in Black-Type would be great for her stud value and we can then see where she can take us," Lakey said.
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