The vagaries of juvenile racing was clearly on display at Randwick on Saturday with the Snowden trained Rulership under Nash Rawiller racing straight with great purpose to win the $125,000, $2m Inglis Millennium In 14 Days Handicap (1000m) while stablemate Mount Fuji under Tommy Berry challenged and then dropped right out.
Rulership and Nash Rawiller, picture Stevehart.com.au
Rawiller was standing in for Hugh Bowman who did not ride on Saturday due to family reasons with Rawiller commenting afterwards that he was pleased to stand in for Bowman to help out.
Rulership lost nothing in guidance for the change with Rawiller driving the I Am Invincible colt out from barrier seven to the lead and from that point they controlled the race with ease.
The stablemate Mount Fuji, a $2.8 million yearling purchase, was well positioned by Berry to come up outside Rulership as they cornered for the run home. However, by the 300m the Snitzel colt had lost momentum and was out of the back of the field.
Rulership, meanwhile had extended out to a 2L margin with Rawiller guiding him to the line. They eased before finish post with the margin still 2 1/4L over Mission River (Redoute’s Choice) and apprentice Robbie Dolan with a head to Ticket To Ride (Vancouver) and Brenton Avdulla. Fayerra was fourth.
The time was 57.28 on the Good 4 track and the final 600m in 33.61. Rulership paid $2.90 on fixed odds and $3.00 on the tote as favourite.
Rulership, picture Sportpix.com.au
“He was electric out of the gates and got across pretty comfortably. He saved himself for the business end when we needed him,” said Rawiller.
“It is early days but you can only go on what you feel, it has been a little while since I have had one as exciting as that though.”
“The difference is between a horse who is savvy and knows exactly what he is doing to the disappointment of the other horse who pulled himself into the ground for the whole race and that is what you see as the effects of not relaxing to finish off,” said co-trainer Paul Snowden.
“Like I said ultra-professional in everything he does and he remains on target for a Diamond preparation.
“He will not go down to probably the week of the Prelude, we will keep him up here and then he can go down and take his place,” he said.
The Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (Colts and Gelding) (1100m) is at Caulfield on February 8th.
Rulership, a $900,000 yearling purchase, is out of the Dehere mare Devoirs and he is owned by the ownership group of Newgate Bloodstock, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Horse Ventures, Newgate S F, Go Bloodstock Australia, G1G Racing and Breeding, Nick Vass Bloodstock, Glenlogan Park, Aston Bloodstock, Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Carpe Diem and Stonestreet Stables Llc. The win earned a stake of $80,500.
Mount Fiji post race discussion, Paul Snowden and James Harron, right, picture Sportpix.com.au
Inglis Millennium In 14 Days Handicap, photo finish picture ATC