Snowden star to return next week after trial success

The Galaxy contender Wild Ruler didn’t put a foot wrong in his latest barrier trial win at Canterbury on Tuesday as Snowden Racing prepare to unleash their gun colt for the first time in 2021 next week.

The son of Snitzel will line up in either the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) or Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) at Randwick as Peter and Paul Snowden ramp up their pursuit of an all important Group 1.

Wild Ruler will get his chance to claim a major when he contests The Galaxy (1100m) on Golden Slipper day second-up on March 20.

Trainer Paul Snowden was rapt with Wild Ruler. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

He is rated a $7 second elect with for the Group 1 behind Chris Waller’s Haut Brion Her ($5) – which also saluted in her trial on the morning.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden was excited to see the colt back at the races.

“He is going extremely well,” he told Sky Thoroughbred Central after the trial.

“He has grown up so much, probably mentally is more the thing for him and hopefully that can carry through to his races this preparation.”

Wild Ruler has been given two trials in preparation for his return, winning both and producing a professional display in his latest trial with James McDonald aboard over 895m.

Talented @SnowdenRacing1 colt Wild Ruler gets the better of Doubtland late to win a trial at Canterbury on Tuesday with Ocean Emperor in third. @[email protected]/Fg6lcGAtD4

McDonald camped just off the speed closest to the inside but found the front at the top of the short Canterbury straight and continued to fight off the challenge of the Hawkes Racing-trained Doubtland.

Wild Ruler clocked 53.73 seconds (last 600m in 33.60) for the heat with the leading pair putting 2-3/4 lengths on their nearest rival.

“The benefit of being able to take him to the races last week for a blowout, you certainly see the impact it has had on him today and he trialled like that too,” Snowden said.

“There was good speed and he took the opportunity to sit behind some nice horses. He found the line extremely well.”

Originally published asWild Ruler excels in Canterbury trial tune up

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