Brilliant Start At Stud By Universal Ruler
His brilliant youngster Rebel King won the Westspeed Nursery (1000m) untouched by four lengths first-up after a spell. The ease of the victory prompted a string of superlatives from trainer Darren McAuliffe in a post-race interview.
“This horse is the quickest I’ve ever had,” McAuliffe stated. “And that’s no disrespect to Universal Ruler – I trained him too but this one is in a different grade.”
Rebel King (2g Universal Ruler – Rebel Sister by Falbrav) had won a 400m jump-out by 13 lengths last month and started an odds-on favourite at his first run back since February. “He got knocked down on debut and the protest was dismissed,” McAuliffe recalled. “Then I declared him for the Magic Millions Classic second-up but he pulled up shin-sore.
“He’s a high-cruising sprinter with a great turn of foot and he’s got a decent motor. His sectionals are already off the richter scale.”
McAuliffe trains Rebel King for a syndicate managed by Impressive Racing owner Kevin Berry. “We raced Universal Ruler and there’s a real buzz around his first two year-olds,” Berry said recently. “They can run alright and, besides our stable, I’m hearing there’s a lot more coming through with other trainers.”
Universal Ruler (Scenic) defeated Australian Horse of the Year Scenic Blast in the LR Perth Stakes at two and trained on to a Group 3 victory in the Belmont Sprint.
Scenic Lodge will announce its 2014 service fees for Blackfriars, Dash For Cash and Universal Ruler this week.