By Mitch Cohen | Racenet
Co-trainer Peter Snowden is hoping his stable has got the timing right for impressive colt Wild Ruler to hit his peak and fulfil Group 1 destiny in Saturday’s $700,000 The Galaxy at Rosehill.
Snowden and his son Paul have had The Galaxy at the top of the wish list for quite some time for Wild Ruler and are determined to see their plan pay dividends on Golden Slipper day.
“It’s not all our eggs but we’ve deliberately planned around this race,” Peter Snowden said.
“He has had two trials, one run and his best runs are second up. He is lethal.
“Hopefully we have got it right and it can pay off next Saturday.”
Wild Ruler is already a Group 2 winner and was placed in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington last spring but the Snowdens are determined to see him claim a major and boost his future stud career.
The son of Snitzel made a slashing return at Randwick earlier this month with a dominant 1-1/4 length triumph in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) when lugging the top weight of 59kg.
Snowden believes he can back up the performance in The Galaxy.
“He is going great and steps out next week on what hopefully is a dry deck but we will see what happens,” Snowden said.
“It (the dry track) is not the be all and end all but he is better on top of the ground.
“This is another step up again but he also drops 8kg in weight so that’s a big plus but we are really happy with the horse.
“He is a nice horse going forward and is going well.”
Wild Ruler is currently a $5 equal favourite with TAB.com.au in all-in betting alongside the Chris Waller-trained Haut Brion Her, which is having her first run since finishing runner-up in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes.
A week of wet weather has been forecast in Sydney in the lead-up to the biggest day on the calendar at Rosehill after racing went ahead on a good track on Saturday for Coolmore Classic day.