TOO GOOD: Josh King rides I'm No Ruby to victory in the Ken Mills Toyota Handicap at the Nanango Races.
TOO GOOD: Josh King rides I'm No Ruby to victory in the Ken Mills Toyota Handicap at the Nanango Races. Callum Dick

Nanango a fave for Kings, I'm No Ruby

FOR punters that did their homework, I'm No Ruby's win in the Ken Mills Toyota Handicap at the Nanango Races on Saturday should have been expected.

The short-priced favourite, bred and trained by Oakey's Peter Kings, seems to have an affinity for the Nanango track, now with three wins and three placings from six starts.

The seven year-old gelding was also running into good form, with a fourth-place in Ipswich followed by a comfortable win in Warwick on February 18 prior to Saturday's win.

Carrying 63.5kg to victory on that day, Kings said he had no doubt his horse could repeat that effort in similar company carrying almost 5kg less.

"I thought he went really well, we knew he would have a bit above those (other horses),” Kings said.

"He won the other day at Warwick carrying 63.5kg, so we expected him to take care of this field carrying 59kg.”

Kings called on an Oakey connection to make it possible, with jockey Joshua King following up his win in Warwick with another seamless display at Nanango.

"I had a feeling (I'm No Ruby) would go alright here, and it was a pretty easy race for us really,” King said.

"After the jump out we just got the run of the race.

"I came up behind them around the turn, and when the one on the outside shifted out a little we just took the run straight up the fence.

"From there we never looked like getting beat.”

The winning formula will be put on hold for now however, with King riding for other trainers in Blackall this weekend while I'm No Ruby is slated to race in stronger company on the Gold Coast.

Saturday's meeting also highlighted the success of recent policy changes implemented by Racing Queensland, reducing the required minimum number of nominations from seven to five.

Had the meeting been held a few weeks earlier, only two of the five races would have made the seven-horse cut off.

Speaking last week, Nanango Race Club president Andrew Green confirmed his support for the policy change as a benefit for South Burnett's race clubs.

"It has to be a positive for clubs like ours so we can have the full compliment of races every time,” Green said.

Results

Race 1: 1st Anxpense, 2nd Poetic Dragon, 3rd Karma Force Race 2: 1st Hopetoun Street, 2nd Jeptoo, 3rd Darling Be Good Race 3: 1st Diamondine, 2nd Front Foot, 3rd Rumba Laara Race 4: 1st Deputy Peck, 2nd Prince of Peace, 3rd Beer 'N' Barmaid Race 5: 1st I'm No Ruby, 2nd Our Clarky, 3rd Onemore Twist

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