Two-year-old Hallowed Crown gelding Rule The World, a Gooree Stud home-bred, made a significant step towards living up to his name with an impressive win on debut in the $50,000, ANZ Bloodstock News Plate (1100m) for colts and geldings at Canterbury on Wednesday.
The Waterhouse and Bott trained Rule The World had trialled three times in preparation for his race day maiden, with both the last two for wins, and while both the stable and jockey Tim Clark might have had a question mark over the sprint distance on Wednesday being suitable, it was not an obstacle to the opening win at all.
Rule The World had the widest barrier of the seven horse field but Clark sent him out and to the lead and that was the last Rule The World saw of another runner.
The market had backed Papal Warrior into $1.70, however, although Tommy Berry tacked onto Rule The World’s outside down the side straight and through the turn, that was the best they could do.
At the 300m Rule The World and Clark took a 2L lead on Papal Warrior and they were away to the line. Papal Warrior faded quickly over the final 100m to finish fourth with Exceed The Stars (Star Witness) and Blake Shinn coming through for second and Frosty Rocks (Your Song) and Jason Collett third.
The margins were 3/4L and a neck and the time 1.04.96 on the Heavy 8 track and the final 600m in 35.77. The track was upgraded to a Soft 7 for the following race of two-year-old fillies.
Rule The World paid $8.50 on fixed odds and $9.60 on the tote.
“I always thought he would be (strong). I loved his last trial. It may not have been the right conditions being 1,100m but class rose to the top,” said Clark.
“We think he will stretch out to 1600m, maybe 2000m, he has a really good attitude and is a big, strong strapping horse and he is only going to be get better as the races get longer.”
“I think he is a really classy individual and a typical Gooree bred, they are always big, raw, tough individuals, and he had always show a touch of class and we think he will go on with it for us,” said part trainer Adrian Bott.
“There is no doubt he is going to be a much better three-year-old for us particularly once he gets up in trip. There is plenty of class about this guy and you will see a lot more of him.”
Gooree Stud bred and raced Hallowed Crown (Street Sense) who won the Group 1 duo of the Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Golden Rose (1400m). Rule The World, out of the Danehill Dancer mare Pay Off Now, has some way to go before he emulates his sire, however Wednesday’s start was a fine way to start.
Favourite punters were also rocked when the two-year-old fillies contested the Australian Turf Club Plate (1100m). The Chris Waller trained Betcha Flying (Uncle Moe) and Kathy O’Hara held off a late closing Darling Point (Lonhro) and Christian Reith with Zouriana (Zoustar) and Blake Shinn.
The margins were a half-head and a long head.
Betcha Flying paid $19.00 on fixed odds and $17.90 on the tote. With Darling Point, who came from last at the 300m, paying $5.40, and Zouriana $2.10, the trifectia was $4,889.70. The $4.40 favourite Mini Boom was fifth.
ANZ Bloodstock News Plate
Australian Turf Club Plate, photo finish pictures ATC