Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Better Days for Button; Promising Ruby Georgie Banks $27,000 from Debut Win

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Better Days for Button; Promising Ruby Georgie Banks $27,000 from Debut Win

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GO RACING

DARRYN NUFER

The saying "every cloud has a silver lining" rang true at Callaghan Park yesterday when Tom Button's Ruby Georgie won the boys' division of the lucrative Two-Years-Old Breeders Plate.

The gelding (Sidereus - Little Pin Up Girl (NZ)) was a $13,000 purchase from this year's Capricornia Yearling Sale at Rockhampton and is raced in the same interests as Button's former star juvenile, the late The Bank Manager, who ironically was by the same sire.

After tragically losing The Bank Manager earlier this year in a freak paddock accident, the owners, namely Alan Grimshaw and the Livinadream Racing Syndicate, were left devastated as their star juvenile never got the chance to deliver on the potential he'd shown in six racetrack appearances, which included two victories.

But as the saying goes, you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days.

That day was yesterday for Grimshaw and Livinadream as their new charge banked $27,700 from the 1050m debut win with the promise of more to come.

"I thought he'd improved out of every trial," trainer Button said of Ruby Georgie ($5).

"I was expecting him to run well, I didn't think he was a certainty, but I thought he'd run well."

And Button was confident there was improvement to come with more race experience.

"He was three wide outside the leaders and didn't get any favours in the run but he has got ability and he showed it today."

Button would like nothing better than to have another crack at the Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) next April after finishing second in the feature this year with The Bank Manager.

"That will be the goal come April, with the same group of owners we'll be heading there with this horse for sure," he said.

"The Bank Manager was a great horse for us and it was a real shame what happened to him so hopefully this fellow can be as good. …

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