Ben Pearce oozes confidence that his gun mare Angelic Ruler is poised to showcase her best at Belmont on Saturday.
Pearce can’t wait for the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m), a target race for Angelic Ruler since she commenced her campaign in April.
“She is super,” Pearce told the Races WA.
“She is probably at her peak.
“Her gallop on Tuesday was probably the best work she has done all prep.
“She is peaking for it.”
Pearce, who co-trains in partnership with his brother Dan, says a return to the 1400m of the Belmont Sprint is the key to Angelic Ruler claiming her first group success.
The Universal Ruler mare won over the same journey in the Sheila Gwynne Classic, her first victory back at home after multiple placings in two Melbourne campaigns
Angelic Ruler turned the tables on Flower Of War after running second to that mare when first-up in the Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) on April 10.
Last-start Angelic Ruler finished fifth to Vega Magic in the Roma Cup (1200m), charging home from near last and running the fastest final 600m sectional.
“I thought the run was super,” Pearce said.
“She had one on her outside that was driving her mad and really had nothing to take her into the race.
“She had to bustle out and do the work herself, but she hit the line really good.
“Going back to 1200m wasn’t entirely suitable, but that’s what we had on offer.
“Back to the 1400m is her ideal trip.”
Angelic Ruler has drawn barrier three for jockey Chris Parnham. He replaces William Pike who gets back on Mississippi Delta for the first time since they won the Perth Cup (2400m) in January.
At $4.80 Angelic Ruler is on the second line of Tab betting, easing from her opening price of $3.90.
Roma Cup runner-up The Velvet King holds $3.90 favouritism.
The up and coming four-year-old for trainer Darren McAuliffe will provide stiff opposition to Angelic Ruler in the Belmont Sprint, according to Pearce.
“He looks the hardest to beat,” Pearce said.
“Some of the older horses coming back have a question mark.
“I think The Velvet King is the real threat.”