Ruby debut is back on track

Imperial Ruby exercises on the gallops. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110538-2798)
Imperial Ruby exercises on the gallops. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110538-2798)
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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He was a forgotten horse last season.

But now Imperial Ruby is back, determined to make up for lost time.

In our Win A Share Of A Racehorse competition, The News teamed up with Heart of the South Racing to give away part-ownership in the exciting colt last February.

Gemma Cunningham, of Fareham, Havant’s Doug Tibbets and Chichester-based Jill Arnell were among the final six of the competition, which attracted more than 4,000 entries.

The winner, though, was Emma Watts from Crawley.

However, Imperial Ruby failed to make it to the racecourse in his debut campaign as injury stalled his progress.

Now the three-year-old son of Imperial Dancer is finally ready to make his long-awaited debut at Newbury on Saturday.

Trained by former Pompey and England striker Mick Channon, Imperial Ruby is entered in the Bathwick Tyres Maiden Stakes at 4.20pm.

It is a one-mile, three-furlong contest, with connections confident in their talent’s stamina.

Imperial Dancer, who won a Group 1 in Italy, won over one-and-a-half miles at Newbury in his fine career.