Ruler all courage in swansong

Tue, 16 Jun 09

Universal Ruler rounded out his racetrack career with a bang when he scored a fighting win in today's Group Three Belmont Sprint (1400m) at Belmont.


The stud bound four-year-old son of Scenic was able to hold out a late charge from Roman Time to score narrowly, but impressively.


"A lot of hard work has gone into that," winning trainer Darren McAuliffe told Perth Racing immediately after the race.


An exceptionally talented galloper, who cost $42,000 at the 2006 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, Universal Ruler has always been held in high regards by connections.


But along the way not everything has gone to plan and the classy performer has been hampered by a string of setbacks.


"It was probably my own fault. I talked him up a lot early on and he's had a lot of problems during his career - but I've always stated that his ability is unquestionable."


He also talked down his efforts to get the lightly raced star to win at his final ever race start.


"My job is pretty easy when you get horses like him."


McAuliffe praised renowned Perth senior rider Paul Harvey for his handling of Universal Ruler from his outside barrier.


"Full credit to Paul (Harvey) for a wonderful ride today."


Universal Ruler showed early in his career he was a galloper blessed with plenty of ability.


As a two-year-old after winning by eight and a half lengths he beat Scenic Blast in the listed Perth Stakes.


At three he won two more stakes races - the listed Bunbury Stakes and listed Easter Stakes.


Universal Ruler, now four, retires to stud with the record of six wins from just 11 start and stakes earnings (including Westspeed) of over $374,000.


By former champion Durham Lodge based sire Scenic, Universal Ruler is sure to prove a popular addition to the sire ranks in Western Australia.


He is a three quarter brother to the seven time winning and stakes placed galloper Sports Freak.


His dam Rulings, a winner of two races up to 1200 metres, is a daughter of the Group One AJC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Rhythmic Charm.


The recent Group Three Grand Prix Stakes winner Saint Minerva, a filly from the Alan Bailey stable, is a new recent stakes winner for the family.