Emperor rules at Ballarat

Emperor rules at Ballarat24 Apr 2022

Progressive three-year-old Emperor Of France showed he had a bright future in a staying role with success over a middle distance at the first time of asking at Ballarat.

Our home-bred son of Epaulette was making just his fourth appearance for trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr and posted his second career victory when he beat his older rivals over 2000 metres.

Rider Zac Spain settled Emperor Of France in fourth spot off the rail and was on the move 500 metres from home to be in contention at the top of the straight and finished off in determined fashion.

“We’ve taken our time with him and this horse has always showed a lot of promise. It was a great ride by Zac, he travelled well all the way for a great result,” stable representative Matt Chadwick said.

Bought out of our Karaka draft for $180,000 by respected agent John Foote, Emperor Of France is a son of the Volksraad mare Tipilk, who produced a filly last season by Lohnro.

She is a half-sister to the dual Group 2 winner Tremec and their second dam is the former top-class race mare Horlicks, who produced the G1 Melbourne Cup winner Brew, and the family of the dual top-flight winner Fiumicino and the G1 JJ Atkins Stakes winner Sacred Elixir.