Pambula Cup win has Ruby Scott eager for more success

Ruby Scott, who won the Pambula Cup on Saturday, is keen to get more rides. Image: Lance Fearne.

Ruby Scott added another trophy to the mantlepiece on Saturday, winning the Pambula Cup on the Matthew Stephens-trained Urjuwaan. 

Racing in the 1408m event at the Sapphire Coast, Scott elected to race Urjuwaan ($21) towards the rear of the field while the Natalie Jarvis-trained Far Too Hot (Jade McKenzie, $3.40) ran the field along. 

On the home straight, it appeared it was a two-horse race between the Theresa Bateup-trained Alan (Kayla Nisbet, $4)) and Georgie Boucher-trained Gwennybegg (Courtney Ferris, $10), who went head-for-head for the final half-furlong. 

Emerging from the clouds came Urjuwaan, who finished over the top of the pair and won by a long neck from Alan in second and Gwennybegg in third. 

“She really let rip,” Scott told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“I think having her comfortable and happy where she was in the run helped, and she likes the longer straight, where she can wind up. 

“She hits the line quite strongly, and the race was run to suit her, and she just proved a bit too strong.”

The Moruya galloper had been riding in stronger Benchmark 58 company in the lead-up to Saturday’s win, but she was still one of the outsiders in the Benchmark 5-graded event. 

“She is a funny horse, and even the race caller said she can surprise you and pop up and win at a long price,” Scott said. 

“It was the perfect scenario for her after getting back from the higher grades into a race where they would run along a bit.

“Bega can be a leader’s track, but the way they went up in front left them like sitting ducks, and with her fast finish, she was able to get the job done.” 

It was a good result for the recently married Ruby Scott, nee Haylock, who is 28 wins into her career. 

“It’s always good to win a cup, especially for a local trainer,” Scott said. 

“Matt has supported me throughout my career, so it’s good to be able to repay that.”

For the 25-year-old, riding winners has never been the problem, but a lack of opportunities has stunted her momentum.

Indentured to Joe Cleary, she rode a memorable quartet on Melbourne Cup day in 2021, and in her last 50 rides, she’s been riding winners at the Sapphire Coast, Queanbeyan, and Braidwood. 

Still, the NSW jockey ranks are overflowing, and it’s never been harder for hoops to get their foot in the door and, more importantly, keep it open. 

“Now it is getting harder, as there are a lot more jockeys from overseas and Sydney coming down into the country,” Scott said. 

“There are also so many apprentices, and I’ve been around for a while, and when there are new ones, you can get thrown back down the order, especially when you aren’t winning.” 

After moving back to Moruya to work at Cleary’s satellite stable, Scott has a new manager after joining Ben Mitchell’s Benchmark Management team.

“I’ve been back in Moruya for three weeks, and Joe has been good, and he goes into bat for me,” Scott said. 

“I’ve got a new manager, and Ben’s done a great job with Emma (Ly), and that’s part of why I have changed. 

“I needed a fresh new approach, and Ben seems keen. With how everything is going, especially with social media, I think he is on the front foot and doing some good things. 

“Obviously, it makes it a bit harder being based in Moruya, but I’ve had these discussions with him, and if there are chances, I am happy to travel to most places.”

Scott will be back in action on her home track on Saturday, taking two rides at Moruya, before teaming up with her boss when riding Rappeling at Nowra on Sunday. 

Scott, a two-kilogram claimer, can be booked for rides by calling Ben on 0416 149 769.