The favourite Wild Ruler was too smart in the $140,000, listed Schweppes Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday with the Snowden trained Snitzel colt set for a three to four race spring campaign heading towards the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31st.
Wild Ruler, with top-weight of 58kg under James McDonald, was always in command after following Osamu and Tim Clark from the off. Clark tried to establish a break from the 400m with a 2L lead but McDonald let Wild Ruler progressively chase and they successfully took over with 150m to run.
Destination (56kg) and Hugh Bowman chased well, but the leader had neck advantage on the line to anchor his upcoming campaign that will next see him line up in the $300,000, Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on the Spring Champion Stakes programme at Randwick on October 10th.
Destination (Exceed And Excel) was well clear of Forbidden Love (All Too Hard) (54kg) and Tommy Berry, the margin 1 1/2L with Osamu fourth.
The time was 1.03.55 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in a smart 33.84. Wild Ruler paid $2.90 on fixed odds and the tote.
Wild Ruler and James McDonald with Destination and Hugh Bowman outside, picture Stevehart.com.au
Co-trainer Paul Snowden commented that Wild Ruler was still not fully furnished although it had been pleasing to note that the colt relaxed for McDonald as they sat in behind Osamu, a trait Snowden suggested he might not have done six months previously.
“The Roman Consul will be a good guide to the races down south. Onwards and upwards hopefully,” he said.
TAB brought Wild Ruler in from $26.00 to $17.00 for the Coolmore Stud Stakes and from $101.00 into $51.00 for the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington a week later.
Wild Ruler, out of the Daaher mare Gypsy Robin, has been a successful stakes earner for connections after winning the bonus Nursery over 1000m last December first up. He was not able to win again in three subsequent runs but placed third in the Group 2 Champagne Classic over 1200m at Eagle Farm in May.
Saturday’s win added important black type along with a further $69,500 to take his earnings to $421,525 for the ownership group of Newgate Bloodstock, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Horse Ventures, Newgate S F, Go Bloodstock Australia, G1G Racing & Breeding, Nick Vass Bloodstock, Glenlogan Park, Aston Bloodstock, Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Carpe Diem, Winstar Farm Llc, Mr D W Wallace and Mr B M Allen.
Heritage Stakes, photo finish picture ATC