Three stake races at Ascot yesterday with Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes going to Eastern States based stallion Hard Spun.
Scenic Lodge’s Universal Ruler added another stakes winner with the impressive victory of The Velvet King in the Listed Fairetha Stakes for three-year-olds.
A big day for the talented and underrated trainer Darren Mc Auliffe, trainer of Gatting and The Velvet King.
Universal Ruler has had a big week with Lady Cosmology winning the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes on Melbourne Cup day. His record now stands at 112 to race for 55 winners (49%), earning $6.1 million in prize money and has sired 5 stakes winners and 3 stakes placed performers.
Five local stallions produced winners on the day.
Race 1 1100 Open – Dance Music – 3f War Chant x Fast Flowing (Dubawi)
Race 2 1200 BM66+ The Nicconian – 4g Nicconi x Twilight Spy (Bletchley Park), $37,500, sold by Dawson Stud
Race 3 2200 BM72+ Queen Bey – 5m Blackfriars x Gelsinga (Danasinga)
Race 4 1100 BM72+ The Celt – 5g Planet Five x Cintrice (Tribu), $4,500, sold by Roselee Park Agistment Centre
Race 5 1800 Listed – Prize Catch 5g Zoffany x Abalone (Bluebird),$42,000, sold by Amarina Farm NSW
Race 6 1400 Group2 – Gatting – 5g Hard Spun x Stubborn (Lonhro)
Race 7 1400 Listed – The Velvet King – 3g Universal Ruler x Doubleblack Velvet (Show A Heart)
Race 8 1600 Rest 1 Metro Win Blackwood River – 3g Blackfriars x Athena’s Me Mum (Brocco), $72,500, sold by Scenic Lodge
Photo: Universal Ruler