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23-08-15, 12:20 AM
Beaten but not disgraced.
That's how apprentice Luke Dittman and trainer Helen Page summarised the comeback run of Epsom Handicap contender at Doomben on Saturday.
Rudy was resuming from a spell and carrying topweight of 58kg when he finished third to Cum Dividend in the Jim Barry Coverdrive Handicap (1350m).
"There wasn't a lot of speed in the race and it developed into a sprint home but I was more than happy with his run," Page said.
"Nothing overtook him in the straight and that will top him off for his trip to Sydney."
Page said Rudy will have his next start in the Group Two Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 5.
"That run will do him the world of good and his coat will start to come through now," she said.
All going well following the Tramway, Rudy will then start in the Group Two Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill the following week before his main goal, the Group One $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 3.
Dittman said Rudy found the 1350m too short on Saturday but will take plenty of benefit from the run.
"He's looking for a mile or 2000 metres but his run was super," he said.
"Put 55kg on his back when he's fit and he'll win a decent race."
Cum Dividend's win gave in-form apprentice Jimmy Orman the second leg of a winning double after scoring earlier aboard Blue Desert Moon.
Amid all the hype of million-dollar yearlings, Honey Toast is proof bargain buys are still possible in racing.
The five-year-old has won six races for trainer Ben Currie and parlayed his $15,000 price tag at a tried racehorse sale into more than $128,000 prize money in less than a year following Saturday's win in the Austral Bricks Handicap (2240m) at Doomben.
That amount could balloon if Currie gives the go-ahead to a start in the Group Three Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) on September 18.

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