Elite ruler to reign at Grafton
PROMISING two-year-old Elite Ruler, who resumes at Grafton this afternoon, hails from a family littered with winners.
And if Coffs Harbour trainer, part-owner and breeder Trevor Hardy’s gut feeling is right, the gelding may turn out to be one of the best in the dynasty.
Elite Ruler and stablemate Elite And Petite, also bred and part-owned by Hardy, line up in a most interesting Yamba Home Hardware 2YO Country Plate (1100m).
The dynasty began with the mare Femme Elite who produced Elite Ted, winner of 13 races and half brother, Elite Score who won eight times.
Other Hardy winners from the same family include Elite And Power, Gem’s Pocket Rocket and Elite Encore, the dam of Elite Ruler (by King Of Happiness).
“The family’s been pretty good to me,” Hardy said. “There have been winners galore and both Elite Ruler and Elite And Petite are continuing the tradition.”
Both horses have already won, Elite Ruler looking impressive winning at Coffs Harbour on December 29 and Elite And Petite (out of Elite Gem), winning at Grafton on November 4.
While Hardy admits there isn’t a lot between the pair in trackwork, it is Elite Ruler that excites him.
“All the boys that ride him have got a rap on him, even jockey John Keating,” Hardy revealed.
“Hopefully he can live up to everyone’s expectations. John thinks he’s up to city class.
“I had him nominated in Brisbane over the weekend but we elected to miss the race and give him more experience at Grafton, especially without a trial under his belt.
“He’s a nice horse with scope and can run very good times without being pressured, without pushing him. I’ve clocked him and he’s capable of running times as quick as my good older horses and that’s a great sign for a two-year-old.
“Especially when I own two thirds of him.”