King Sized Strike Rate For Universal Ruler
Apprentice Chloe Azzopardi had the bay travelling kindly on Saturday before sooling him to the front for a two-length win – his first since stringing four together during last year’s winter season.
“He was only carrying 52kg so I got him rolling three-wide – I didn’t want to get caught up behind the leaders,” Azzopardi said. “He’s a good horse and it was good win.”
Rebel King is a son of Scenic Lodge sire Universal Ruler who was WA Champion first-season sire in 2013-14. He is assured of the WA second-season title with 22 individual winners and $761,102 in progeny prizemoney so far this season.
His winning strike-rate of 52.4% is among the best of any stallion in Australia this season.
Rebel King is a half-brother LR Fairetha Stakes winner Rebelson (Snippetson) and a full-brother to Rebel Queen who won on debut at Ascot earlier this season. The trio are prepared by Impressive Racing trainer Darren McAuliffe.
Their dam Rebel Sister (Falbrav) has a yearling filly by Snippetson who is standing his first season at Scenic Lodge this year. She foaled a Stratum colt last August and was then bred back to Universal Ruler.
Universal Ruler covered 127 mares last year and he will stand for a $5,500 (plus gst) fee this year.