Well-loved Ruler a de­serv­ing win­ner

Matamata Chronicle - - Breeders’ Stakes -

af­ter King’s Rose gave her op­po­si­tion yet an­other past­ing in the Sir Tris­tram Fil­lies’ Clas­sic at Te Rapa on the week­end.

That was her fifth win in suc­ces­sion and if any­thing was even more im­pres­sive than any be­fore, which in­cludes the New Zealand 1000 Guineas and the Royal Stakes.

King’s Rose had a clear lead in the New Zealand Blood­stock Filly of the Year se­ries go­ing into Satur­day’s race and the eight points she added to her tally gave her an unas­sail­able lead with two se­ries races re­main­ing.

That means that with the pres­ti­gious Filly of the Year tro­phy in safe keep­ing, a start in the $2.2m Tele­com New Zealand Derby on March 5 is now quite fea­si­ble as an op­tion to the orig­i­nal plan of the New Zealand Oaks later that month fol­lowed by the AJC Oaks in Syd­ney.

The de­ci­sion will hinge mainly on the pref­er­ence of the filly’s owner-breeder, Hong Kong sur­geon Dr Gene Tsoi, who has ex­ten­sive blood­stock in­ter­ests in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

‘‘I haven’t spo­ken with him yet and as the owner he has the fi­nal say but at this stage I’m still keen to head to the Low­land Stakes on Derby day and then the Oaks,’’ Bridg­man said. ‘‘That’s the smooth path­way to the Oaks in Syd­ney and I think that for her to end the sea­son as the win­ner of two Oaks races she’d be a spe­cial filly.’’

Bridg­man has grabbed with both hands the op­por­tu­nity to head Te Akau Rac­ing’s New Zealand op­er­a­tion fol­low­ing Mark Walker’s re­lo­ca­tion to Sin­ga­pore. With 31 wins, in­clud­ing six at black-type level, he’s well sat­is­fied with not just the job King’s Rose is do­ing but also his over­all re­sults through the first half of the sea­son.

‘‘They were big shoes to fill but things have gone very well,’’ he said. As well as qual­ity horses such as King’s Rose, Bridg­man has plenty to look for­ward to among the se­lec­tion of year­lings that Te Akau prin­ci­pal David El­lis pur­chased at the Karaka sales.

Top of that list is the sale-top­ping half­brother to none other than King’s Rose. He was knocked down for $850,000. The son of in­ter­na­tion­ally proven stal­lion Red Ran­som was of­fered by Dr Tsoi through the Cam­bridge Stud draft.

Vic­to­ri­ous: Darci Brahma In­ter­na­tional Stakes win­ner Red Ruler with jockey Mark Du Plessis at Te Rapa.

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