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By Graham Potter | Tuesday, November 1, 2022

It is a pattern which has been repeated so many times before … a horse relocates to the David Vandyke stable and wins first-up for its new trainer.

This time the horse in question was the Hallowed Crown mare, Ruinart, who transferred from the John O’Shea stable having finished second in four of her previous eights starts … so the win was certainly pending.

Just shy of a month after her last run for O’Shea, Ruinart took on took on thirteen rivals in her stable debut when contesting a BM55 Handicap over 1300m at the Sunshine Coast.

Still a Maiden, Ruinart was easy to back at $12, in spite of the fact that she had that hint of form and was jumping from barrier number one.

As it was, any barrier advantage was minimized at the start when Ruinart took some time to muster speed, and she was still all of seven lengths back halfway through the sweep to the home turn.

Powell had held the rail position though and that helped Ruinart save ground on the turn … and thankfully a clear inside run opened up for the four-year-old on straightening, allowing the Vandyke trained runner to make steady ground.

She was not the only one doing that though.

As Ruinart tried to get on terms with the leader, the $61 bolter Spooky Spectre, so too was Flying Zamboni ($4.40), who was living up to his name by roaring down the centre of the track … meaning Ruinart had to stay strong all the way to the line to get the desired result and she did that to get up to score by a 0.80 length margin and bank her first career victory.

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