An Angelic Return

16
Dec

Exciting filly Angelic Ruler is on track for a top campaign after she made a brilliant return to racing in the Mrs Mac’s Handicap (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Ridden by Damian Lane, Angelic Ruler, a daughter of Universal Ruler, circled the field from last position and bolted in by 2 ¼ lengths.

The three-year-old, prepared by brothers Dan and Ben Pearce, unleashed a powerful turn-of-foot from the 200m mark and easily accounted for favourite Black Sabbath and Lacevinsky.

Angelic Ruler was racing first-up after flashing potential as a juvenile last season when she won two races and finished second to The Velvet King in July.

The form line strong with The Velvet King subsequently winning two feature races in November and December, the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and Listed Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m).

Angelic Ruler came into the race as the $4 second favourite, earning plenty of admirers after winning her trial impressively.

She launched a top day for the Pearce stable after Vital Silver, also racing first-up, took out the Salinger Handicap (1400m).

“I thought her trial was fantastic, I couldn’t have asked anymore so we were confident,” Dan Pearce said.

“She is a nice filly and will progress through this preparation, but certainly a good way to kick it off.

“She won convincingly.”

Angelic Ruler gave Lane the second leg of a double after he rode juvenile Beethoven in the Heineken Plate (1000m), but his day soured after he copped a 13-day suspension.

Stewards said Lane shifted inwards passing the 200m on Angelic Ruler and caused Dawn Amada to be crowded and restrained.

Julio Santarelli