Co-trainer Ben Pearce is confident a first-up crack at the Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) at Ascot on Friday will be perfect for Angelic Ruler.
The classy mare makes a welcome return to home soil after spending the past 12-months campaigning in feature Melbourne races.
After her victory in the Listed Rangeview Stud Classic (1400m) in Bunbury, Angelic Ruler went east and raced in seven stakes races for six minor placings.
The only time she didn’t figure in the money came at her previous start in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last November.
Pearce, who trains in partnership with his brother, Dan, said Angelic Ruler was well placed to make her return after venturing to Bunbury trials.
The daughter of Universal Ruler settled back in her 1000m heat, but unleashed a strong finishing burst over the last furlong to win comfortably.
Pearce said he couldn’t help but be impressed by Angelic Ruler’s trial.
“When she dropped out I thought there was no way she was going to go past them, but she picked them up in a matter of strides and pulled away,” Pearce told The Races WA.
“She looked really good and really hasn’t missed a beat.
“She gets in well at the weights too.
“I would say she is going better than her last preparation before she went to Melbourne.”
William Pike grabs his first on Angelic Ruler. In a field of 10 the four-year-old jumps from barrier four.
Meanwhile Pearce said his rising three-year-old Cliffs Of Comfort will have a short break after extending his unbeaten status at Ascot last Saturday.
“He absorbed pressure and is so tough, but felt the effects after the run,” Pearce said.
”He had a good blow which shows you he really puts in.
“He will have a month off and come back in July to chase more Westspeed.
“I’m mindful of not over taxing him with his previous concerns.”
Pearce also said Superior Smile would most likely target the Western Australian Cup over 3200m on April 18.
The Patronize gelding ran his sixth consecutive country cup placing in the Pinjarra Cup (2200m) on Sunday.
Stable mate Chiclett is headed to the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes after a slashing fourth to Em Tee Aye on debut last Wednesday.