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    We owe it all to Barry, says Ruggari We owe it all to Barry, says Ruggari

    Adam Ruggari with his mentor Barry Matterson after winning a race with New York Fashion

    SAWYERS Gully trainer Adam Ruggari gives most of the credit for his success in harness racing to his 85-year-old grandfather, Barry Matterson. Up until... We owe it all to Barry, says Ruggari
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    SAWYERS Gully trainer Adam Ruggari gives most of the credit for his success in harness racing to his 85-year-old grandfather, Barry Matterson.

    Up until two weeks ago, Ruggari was working his team of six pacers alongside his ‘Pop’ at the same property in the Hunter Valley when it all came to an abrupt halt.

    “We are all here on the one property west of Newcastle and Pop was working just one horse himself,” said Ruggari.

    “But he seemed to be unwell and unsteady on his feet so we got him to the doctors who discovered that he has a tumour on the brain, so it appears that he will now have to give the training away.

    “I have learnt everything I know from Pop; he has been a great trainer and has put the polish on so many smart horses.

    “Fingers crossed he will get over this setback and be back at the stables, but things are not looking all that flash.”

    Ruggari is happy with his boutique stable, with three of his horses racing their way through the classes.

    “I am very fortunate to currently have a couple of really nice horses in my stable,” he said.

    “Mister Brazil is no doubt the best of them.

    “He has raced his way through to open metropolitan class for me and we have been back and forth with him, up to Albion Park during the past few months to place him in suitable races.”

    Mister Brazil will start favourite at Newcastle tonight in Race 3, where Ruggari has two other runners in the event.

    He has not raced since winning at Albion Park on June 5, but he did clock 1.57 in an impressive trial at Maitland just three weeks ago.

    Prior to that he was placed at Tabcorp Park Menangle on three occasions.

    “He has been a horse with a lot of issues and whatever he does tonight he will be better for the run,” said Ruggari.

    “He is the class runner against a handy field, and I do expect him to win.

    “If all goes well, I plan to head back to Menangle in the next few weeks.”

    Ruggari’s other two runners have drawn barriers one and two and he believes that he could quinella the race with Hazelnuts, who has been racing consistently of late without winning.

     – MICHAEL DUMESNY

     

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