Ben and Dan Pearce-trained pair Angelic Ruler and Don’t Fuss look set to play a part in the finish of their respective races at Belmont today.
Angelic Ruler, a Universal Ruler two-year-old, resumed from a spell with a fast-finishing third to Baron Barstock over 1000m on June 20.
The filly looks suited stepping up in distance in today’s TABtouch Plate (1200m) and will jump from barrier five in a 10-horse starting field with Lucy Warwick aboard.
Regal Counsel is the $2.65 pre-post favourite for the event after finishing third to the talented Market Ruler at his last two starts, with Angelic Ruler on the second line of betting at $3.30.
Angelic Ruler produced an eye-catching debut at Ascot on January 13 when rocketing home from 12th position at the turn to finish a three-quarter length fourth to Ngawi in Saturday grade.
Meanwhile, Scandal Keeper four-year-old Don’t Fuss ($5.50) will be vying for back-to-back wins when he contests the Budget Car & Truck Rental Handicap (1200m) today.
The consistent gelding has recorded three wins and three minor placings from nine starts to date and was a somewhat surprising winner last time out when defeating Miss Swindle by a short-head in stronger company.
He rises 4kg from his last-start win but looks suited by a drop in grade and has drawn favourably in barrier three.
Leading apprentice Tayla Stone retains the mount.
The Pearce stable have Superior Smile and two-year-old debutant Speedy Miss engaged at Northam tomorrow.