VINEYARD trainer Dean Swain notched up his first Group win of 2015 at Richmond on Saturday night, with Rue De Kahn blowing away her rivals in the Group 3 Richmond Oaks final.
Exiting from box six, the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Shelbourne Dawn got a glorious rails run at the first turn after early leader Star Torana ran wide. Renowned for her strong finishes, Rue De Kahn streaked away to score by three-and-a-half-lengths over Star Torana, with Miss Sueko a further length-and-a-quarter away in third position.
The winner recorded a speedy time of 30.71, with a slick run home of 15.21.
The win was the 18th of Rue De Kahn’s career at start 59 and she collected a $30,000 winner’s purse, taking her prize money total to an outstanding $198,360.
Group 3 Richmond Oaks final full results – 16th May 2015 – 535-metres
1st – Rue De Kahn – Dean Swain ($30,000)
2nd – Star Torana – Shaun Evans ($6,000)
3rd – Miss Sueko – Justin King ($2,000)
4th – Zipping Abby – Ron Seymour
5th – Wuxi – Luke Azzopardi
6th – Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan
7th – Good Odds Regina – Frank Hurst
8th – Fancy Top – Anthony Azzopardi
Run Home: 15.21
Margins: 3.50 x 1.25
Scratchings: Zipping Midge, Winsome Amanda