Saturday marks the start of a career defining campaign for classy three-year-old Wild Ruler.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt resumes from a spell and tackles the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m) at Randwick.
The three-year-old son of Snitzel is one of Newgate Farm stallion prospects racing and co-trainer Paul Snowden says Wild Ruler is ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
“He’s matured,” Snowden said. “That’s why we send them away to help them grow up in the head.
“He had a trip to Brisbane as a two-year-old and he’s been to Melbourne last spring.
“I’m pretty confident this is a better horse now than the one you saw last spring.”
Paul and Peter Snowden. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
The winner of three of his seven race starts, Wild Ruler was Group 1 placed in his last outing in 2020 when third behind star sprinting fillies September Run and Swats That in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
The bay colt has been fitted up for his 2021 return with two trials, successful in both and looking impressive to the eye in both.
“He’s a smart sprinter, he’s a fresh colt on the scene but it gets harder again now,” Snowden said.
“It’s not like he’s been on the scene for three or four years treading water, he’s always had a profile.
“He’s coming into an age bracket where he has to step up again to meet the mark and the next two runs are going to tell us a lot more about him.
“Saturday is against his own age then next time he’s up against the older horses in the Galaxy.”
Wild Ruler. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Wild Ruler is a $2.30 favourite to make a winning return on Saturday in a race that shapes as an intriguing affair with some of the nation’s smartest and most progressive sprinting three-year-olds set to line up.
Snowden said the stablemate Marboosha “will be scratched and is going to Melbourne” overnight for a race at Flemington.
“That might mean a bit less pace and pressure for him to deal with,” he said. “The horse goes into Saturday in really good shape and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can produce.”
Sydney’s leading jockey James McDonald takes the ride aboard Wild Ruler.
Originally published asWild Ruler set to take off
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