Ellerton Zahra Racing will unveil an exciting debutant at Caulfield on Saturday when Crystal Ruby, sister to Crystal Lily, makes her debut in the $80,000 Procal Dairies Handicap (1000m).
Despite sharing the same bloodlines as the training partnership’s 2010 Golden Slipper winner, Zahra said that is where the similarities end.
“She’s totally the opposite to Crystal Lily,” Zahra told RSN. “She’s a chestnut with a bit of a white blaze (Crystal Lily was bay) and she’s a lot smaller and finer.
“She’s been a bit more of a slow-maturing sort of filly than her sister and she’s probably still a preparation away.
“This filly is a bit softer than Crystal Lily, which is why it’s taken us a while to get her to the track.”
Drawn in barrier five of the 10-horse field for jockey Daniel Stackhouse, Zahra said Crystal Ruby has shown plenty of talent but conceded it was never easy to win in town on debut.
“She’s showing very good natural ability, she’s shown good speed in her jumpouts and she’s come through them very well,” he said.
“She’s well educated and has enough natural ability to be competitive on Saturday but in saying that it’s pretty hard to win your first start in town. Even Crystal Lily got beaten on debut.”
Her famous sister aside, Crystal Ruby is also a half-sister to another two horses in the Ellerton Zahra Racing stable in stakes winners Amaethon and Crystal Web.
While admitting he didn’t expect to get too many runs out of her this campaign, Zahra said the daughter of Stratum should be even better during the 2014 Melbourne Festival of Racing.
“She’ll have a good spell during the Spring and then be ready for a good preparation during the autumn next year,” he said.
“She’s a very nice filly and if we look after her now she’ll repay us for sure.
Source : Racing Victoria