A winning debut for Equity Rules
Universal Ruler has produced another winner with two-year-old Equity Rules winning on debut for trainer Darren McAuliffe.
The gelding by Universal Ruler went into the race as the unknown factor having only competed in a 400 metre trial back in October last year.
The Impressive Racing Stable clearly knew the type of animal they had with Equity Rules, as it was backed in from $4.60 to $2.80.
With some late money coming for The Cobbla, Equity Rules drifted back out to a backable price of $4 before they jumped at Bunbury.
From barrier 9, jockey William Pike was able to work forward and sit outside the leader through the early stages as they settled down.
The leader Penalty Point and Equity Rules strung the field out with their early speed, before the field bunched back up at the top of the straight.
Equity Rules was up to the task and responded to Pike when he went to work to find the lead quickly down the straight.
The two-year-old on debut kept knuckling down and was able to hold off a fast finishing Black Cuban to win by a neck.
McAuliffe also had Divine Bay racing at Bunbury which tired over the closing stages to finish second by a half-length.