The remainder of Angelic Ruler’s Melbourne campaign is in doubt after her run in last Saturday’s Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
The Universal Ruler mare pulled up sore after finishing third to Haut Brion Her and a start in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on October 19 remains uncertain.
“She pulled up sore and is lame in the off fore,” co-trainer Ben Pearce told The Races WA.
“We will assess her later in the week before making a decision on where she races next.
“But it’s nothing serious.”
The untimely setback comes as Angelic Ruler is bursting to win a feature race in Melbourne.
The Blazer Stakes was her fifth consecutive placing after a second in the How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield two weeks earlier.
Last campaign in the autumn she placed in three straight races at Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington.
The news was more positive for stable mate Vital Silver who ran a cracking fourth against career-best opposition in the Gilgai Stakes (1200m).
“He has pulled up well,” Pearce said.
“We now have two options to consider.
“There is a Group 3 race at Caulfield over 1400m in two weeks.
“If not there is the Group 1 Manikato (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
“It’s a week after The Everest so you might not have those Everest horses backing up.”
Pearce said Ben Melham, who partnered Vital Silver in the Gilgai, had the option to remain on the gelding in either of the two races planned.
Pushin’ Shapes, an outstanding winner over 1700m at Caulfield on September 29, was going as better than ever.
“He has absolutely thrived since being here,” Pearce said.
“He will go into the Coongy Handicap (2000m) at Caulfield next Wednesday.
“Damien Oliver has been booked for the ride.”
Meanwhile Pearce said he was excited to see the return of Karrakatta Plate winner Dig Deep in Saturday’s three-year-old Classic (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.
“He is working really well.
“I can’t wait to see him over further ground.
“He is showing us that he wants a mile.”