Universal Ruler mare Angelic Ruler added a touch of class to a record-breaking weekend for Scenic Lodge stallions on the weekend.
Scenic Lodge sires combined for 11 winners at Ascot & Kalgoorlie (Saturday) and Pinjarra (Sunday). Universal Ruler led the onslaught with 6 winners followed by Blackfriars (2), Snippetson (2) and Dash For Cash (1).
Angelic Ruler is back home after a frustrating stay in Melbourne for trainers Ben & Dan Pearce. She earned the trip east after winning the LR Rangeview Stud Classic at Bunbury but played bridesmaid with 6 Group placings in 7 starts over there last year.
Starting a long odds-on favourite in the LR Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday, she set about improving her winning strike-rate with a dominant one-length victory over Flower Of War (War Chant).
“She was good and it’s nice to get the win,” co-trainer Ben Pearce told The Races WA. “She hadn’t won a race for 12 months but it’s not like she was going bad, they were all in good races.
“She put them away easily today and we will set her for the Roma Cup (1200m) and Belmont Sprint (1400m).”
Angelic Ruler’s dam Tip The Angel (Tip The Pro) was bred by Joyce Stowe and won 8 races for the Pearce family before going to stud. Her 2yo filly Angelic Encore (Vital Equine) was unplaced on debut behind Samsurian at Pinjarra on Sunday.
The Pinjarra meeting unearthed some promising types conceived at Scenic Lodge in Muchea.
Samsurian (Snippetson) won a 2yo maiden for part-owner and breeder Bridie O’Bree after being under siege at the furlong. Trained by Robert & Todd Harvey, he’s a younger half-brother to stakes winners Samovare (Savabeel) and Samizdat (Not A Single Doubt).
Lindsey Smith’s 3yo filly Aberdeen Queen (Universal Ruler) is also bound for town after arriving very late to land the Anderson International Hcp (1400m). Part-owned by Perth Racing Director Rod Lukatelich and Matt Lukatelich, she is a half-sister to the Rogano city winners Sherpa Lass and Glasgow Girl.
Ascot – April 25
Blackwater Bay (3g Blackfriars – Russian Playmate by Dr Johnson)
Looks Like Magic (4m Universal Ruler – Zed Magic by Zedrich)
River Beau (3g Snippetson – Peggie’s Louise by Oratorio)
Angelic Ruler (4m Universal Ruler – Tip The Angel by Tip The Pro)
Kalgoorlie – April 25
Nemiroff (4g Universal Ruler – Elusive Choice by Choisir)
Pinjarra – April 26
Samsurian (2g Snippetson – Sambar by More Than Ready)
Stella Door (3g Universal Ruler – At The Gates by Bletchley Park)
Black Ransom (4g Blackfriars – Ransom Belle by Red Ransom)
Jakestar (3g Universal Ruler – Jake’s Sister by Fimiston)
Aberdeen Queen (3f Universal Ruler – Highest Honour by Elusive Quality)
I’m Pretty (4m Dash For Cash – Not So Pretty by Bletchley Park)