Another Pencarrow Gem in UK


09 July 2014

The famous blue and white silks of Pencarrow Stud were carried to victory in the United Kingdom yesterday with Ermine Ruby (Cape Cross x Ruby Rocket) triumphant in the Racing Specials at 32redsport.com Handicap (7f) at Lingfield.

The three-year-old filly is owned by Sir Peter Vela and the Hon. Mrs P Stanley of New England Stud. Sir Peter and Philip Vela bred the filly in association with New England Stud, the same connections bred Group 1 winning sprinter Maarek (Pivotal x Ruby Rocket), Ermine Ruby’s half-brother.

Starting as the race-favourite, Ermine Ruby broke her maiden by 1.3 lengths for trainer Charles Hills over 7 furlongs – which is equivalent to 1400m. The daughter of Cape Cross landed her first victory at her fourth raceday appearance for rider Martin Harley.

It was the second winner within a week for Sir Peter Vela in the United Kingdom with Mary McPhee (Makfi x Aunty Mary) winning on Friday at Warwick, also trained by Charles Hills.

Ermine Ruby’s dam Ruby Rocket (Indian Rocket) was a dual Listed winning sprinter and all three of her foals to race have been winners, the best of them being Maarek. Ruby Rocket is a half-sister to two Listed winners – Inzar’s Best (Inzar), a stakes winner in Germany, and Alexander Alliance (Danetime), a stakes winner in Ireland.

The sire of Ermine Ruby is Cape Cross, a stallion well-known in New Zealand having shuttled to Cambridge Stud with his best progeny in New Zealand being former Horse of the Year Seachange.