Expensive yearling Wild Ruler, who cost more than $500,000 at the sales, looked cheap at twice the price as he crossed the line in the rich Inglis Nursery at Royal Randwick.
However, there are no plans to chase a $3m bonus — if he won the Inglis Millennium and Sires’ Produce — as Team Snowden wants the big ones, the Blue Diamond and/or Golden Slipper.
“We have won an Inglis race but we’ve got to get a bit of substance on his branding and that would mean a Blue Diamond or a Slipper preparation, just depending on how he comes through this,’’ co-trainer Paul Snowden said on Saturday.
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Kerrin McEvoy produced a cool ride on Wild Ruler in the Inglis Nursery. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“How much time we need to give ourselves to get him back, we’ll see, but he is in pretty good order so I don’t see why (Saturday) would affect him too much.’’
Wild Ruler, a handsome son of three-time champion sire Snitzel, has a happy route to follow for his 2020 Group 1 grand finals, in that in just 10 years the Nursery has unearthed two Golden Slipper winners (Mossfun and She Will Reign) and a Blue Diamond winner, Extreme Choice.
Wild Ruler was given every opportunity by Kerrin McEvoy to start paying back his $525,000 outlay, steering the colt through along the rails to park in behind the speed.
McEvoy switched across the leader’s heels up the rise before Wild Ruler hit top speed and raced away to win with Encountabull a length away in second, followed by the Chris Waller-trained Canadian Spice who was the eye-catching run in the race.
“This colt has got quality written all over him,’’ McEvoy said.
Snitzel colt Wild Ruler is now 1 from 1 as he wins the @inglis_sales Nursery for @SnowdenRacing1 and @KPMcEvoy 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/6oNeFULegE
“It’s good to see them come out and do that under race-day pressure and he really impressed me there. He is a horse that I know the Snowdens have always had a high opinion of and he did that with a little more to offer … nice horse.
“He’ll have a spell and no doubt be a good chance in those big races.’’
Encountabull, who finished fourth in the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day, lost no admirers with his effort and can only get better when he steps out to 1200m and beyond.
Waller was suitably pleased with the performance of $600,000 sales buy Canadian Spice, who was backed from $26 to $19 and ran accordingly.
“She is a talented horse with lots of raw ability and I would say she would go for a break now and come back when she’s ready,’’ Waller said.
Owned by Debbie Kepitis (Winx) and Anton Koolman (The Autumn Sun), Canadian Spice is from the first crop of Coolmore stallion Vancouver out of Paprika, who was beaten in the last stride by bolter Phelan Ready in the 2009 Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast.
Originally published asSnowdens just Wild about Snitzel colt
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