Driver's superb day puts him in elite group

WE are led to believe that every life has at least one great day in it.

It comes early to some, later to others, and the very fortunate have many of them.

I don't know where last Sunday sits on a 23 year old trot driver's ladder of achievements, but it would have to be close to the top rung.

Coming from a Canowindra (NSW) based family which have always had four or five pacers in work, Matt Rue commenced race driving in 2006.

He had a respectable 150 winners on the board before commencing work for Belinda and Luke McCarthy some two years back.

The bigger McCarthy team and its depth of horse flesh has seen the young reinsman's tally rise rapidly to the 330 mark.

Currently Rue is based at Logan Village supervising the Brisbane arm of Team McCarthy, which consists of a dozen pacers which are replaced from the home base as they reach their mark up here.

All was cruising along until the driving assignments for Miracle Mile Day were handed out.

Rue came up with two genuine chances in the Group One Features on the card, the Australian Pacing Gold 2yo Final for Colts and Geldings where he was to partner Lettucerockthem from the 1 alley, and Baby Bling which had drawn no 2 in the Miracle Mile.

It was a McCarthy trifecta in the APG event but it was Lettucerockthem (Rue) which defeated All Eyes On Us (Luke McCarthy) and Bling It On (John McCarthy) to collect the $150,000 first money at Rue's first drive in a Group One race.

The youngster covered the mile in quick 1.52.1.

There was better to come.

The clock rolls round to 4.40pm and the seven horse field is away in the big Mile.

One minute and fifty point five seconds later, and Baby Bling, with a jubilant Rue in the sulky has made two wins from two Group One outings and a further $450,000 has jumped in for the connections.

Baby Bling joined Robin Dundee (1967) and Norms Daughter (1996) as the only members of the fair sex to win the prestigious sprint in it's 46 year history.

Her winning time of 1.50.5 established a new Australasian record for mares.

Rue will be returning to McCarthy's home base at Menangle in a month or so.

However, Rue and his partner Gemma Hewitt realise that sooner, rather than later, they will have to move out from the shadow of the McCarthy juggernaut and try their own luck in the trotting pond.

The couple are young, talented and industrious.

Let's hope that they have the luck that they will need to make the first three attributes take them forward.

Like the blacksmith, they will need to strike while the iron is hot.


Marburg attraction

IT'S Saturday. What better way to spend an Autumn afternoon than at Marburg trots.

Country trotting at its best with bookies, top food, hot and cold drinks and the best value beer wine and spirits around.

Everything at Marburg is top value.


Key results

Gold Coast, April 26: Slipaslygrin (G. Whitaker for Bill Crosby).

Albion Park, April 27: Montana Pablo (Darrel Graham), Caesar Supreme (Darrel Graham).

Albion Park, April 29: Montana Tess (Darrel Graham).

Albion Park, April 30: Braeside Falcon (Pete for Shane Sanderson), Montana Pablo (Darrel Graham).


Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R1 - E/w 2: Davey J (P. McMullen). R2: Quinella 1-9: Asoka (N/a) and Montana Pablo (D.Graham). R3: E/w 3: Greenmans Valley (M. Neilson). R4: E/w 1: Guy From The West (P. McMullen). R5: E/w 3: Rani Major (G. Dixon). R6: E/w 6: Manellira (L. Miles). R7: E/w 1: Shez No Fake (G. Whitaker). R8: No 7: Majestic Mach (G. Dixon). R9: E/w 1: Lite Prince (S. Graham).

Selections for Marburg today: R1 - E/w 2: Runemdown.(G. Whitaker). R2: E/w 7: Mad On Life (K. Dawson). R3: E/w 8: Longwoods (A. Rees). R4: E/w 1: Serve It Up (A. Rees). R5: E/w 1: Artistic At Dawn (G. R. Dawson).

Three popular businesses gone this month

premium_icon Three popular businesses gone this month

Business owner says course just wasn't popular enough

CFMEU to launch legal action over New Acland pay dispute

premium_icon CFMEU to launch legal action over New Acland pay dispute

The CFMEU will launch legal action with the Fair Work Commission

Family business's difficult call to shut doors

premium_icon Family business's difficult call to shut doors

Major furniture and whitegoods outlet to call it quits