More Black Type For Court Ruler

28 Feb 2009

Court Ruler (Viking Ruler x Free Court) earned further black type with his fourth placing in the Group 1 $2.2 million Telecom New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Sunday.

The John Wheeler-trained three-year-old fought on bravely to dead-heat for fourth placing in the Group 1 three-year-old classic with stablemate Juice. The event was won by Australian visitor Coniston Bluebird.

Court Ruler had already achieved black type this season with his win at Group 3 level in the weight-for-age Trentham Stakes at the Wellington Cup meeting in January.