FORMER Miracle Mile-winning reinsman Mat Rue must get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time he drives through the viaduct and into the gates of Tabcorp Park Menangle.
Memories of his win with Baby Bling in 2013 must flood through his mind, even though the ace Bathurst reinsman doesn’t drive there too often these days.
Yet he has two excellent chances of success at the south-western Sydney track today when he drives two or the better pacers in his stable Christiano Rose (Race 3) and Misterfreeze (Race 8).
And as Rue himself is happy to suggest, there is not a great deal of point travelling all the way down from Bathurst unless you have a good chance of success.
“When we do go you like to think you’re in with some kind of chance,” Rue said.
“It’s obviously been a good place to me and every time you are there you do think about it.”
Rue said he hadn’t seen Baby Bling for quite some time.
“Alex Alchin was doing her teeth at Benstud a few months ago and sent me some photos of her,” Rue said.
“That was good although I haven’t seen her in the flesh for four or five years now.”
Rue’s goal this season is to improve on the 56 winners the team had last season.
“We’d like to keep building on that and we don’t want too big a team but we’d like to have a few more quality horses,” Rue said.
Rue said Christiano Rose was luckless at Menangle last start when she was held up and found the line well.
“She has good gate speed so if we can get her away and be in the front half of the field, they’ll know she’s in town,” Rue said.
“Obviously Anthony Butt’s colt (Perfect Stride) and Kevin Pizzuto’s filly (Blue Ivy) will be our biggest hurdles.”
Rue said he rated his other good chance Misterfreeze was up there beside Fouroeight and Callmequeenbee as their stable stars.
“He does have an awkward draw outside of the two main chances, but he also has good gate speed,” Rue said.
“We’ll have to play it by ear because he can do a bit of work and also races well with a sit.
“He’s in a good place at the moment so we do expect him to run well.”