Red Ruler Clear Favourite For Mercedes Derby

 
16 Feb 2008

John Sargent-trained three-year-old
Red Ruler burst into favouritism for the Group 1 $700,000 Mercedes Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 1 with an emphatic win at the expense of a top field in the $100,000 Lexus Championship Stakes (2100m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.


Red Ruler, pictured below, is an exciting son of second-season Cambridge Stud shuttle sire Viking Ruler. He was all class with his three and a quarter length win and confirmed the big reputation held of him by his traiiner.



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Red Ruler, in his first preparaton, has swept all before him with four wins in five starts and is now a clear Derby favourite at $3.50. Mission Critical and Nom Du Jeu are paying $8 for the Derby while Saturday's race runner-up, Six O'Clock News, is paying $10 as is Sircross. Six O'Clock News is by another Cambridge Stud sire, Zabeel, so it was a quinella in the Lexus Stakes for the stud farm.


Pierre Joseph, who finished third in Saturday's Group 2 event, is paying $12.


Red Ruler, a NZ$60,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales graduate, is the first stakes winner for regally-bred Viking Ruler (Danehill x Tristalove) who was a Group 1 winner of the Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney. His other stakes performers to date have been Pretty Vegas, Tief and Romany Princess.


His overall strike rate is a very healthy 40 per cent winners to runners and he has been represented by 20 individual winners.


Winning jockey Vinny Colgan has already ridden four winners of the Mercedes Derby  - Redoute's Dancer last year and the Roger James-trained trio of Hades (1999), Zonda (1997) and Roysyn (1995).