Mar 26, 2015
Naming one of his home-breds after one of his favourites of the past, Illowra Stud's Nigel Berry was thrilled to cheer on Oncidium Ruler to an impressive maiden victory at Geelong on Saturday.
Having only his second start, the big rangy three-year-old was stepping up from 1600m to 2400m but despite that challenge he was amongst the main fancies having run such a good race at debut.
On that occasion working hard on pace at Ballarat, Oncidium Ruler boxed on gamely for third and with a better run in transit at his second go he proved just too strong - wearing down the leaders over the final stages before drawing clear to salute by a soft 3/4 length.
"It was a very good win," Nigel said, noting that the bay was "really strong to and through the line."
"Michael has always said that he is a nice stayer in the making - but he is still immature."
The talent is there, Nigel explained, but not yet the polish -" he is a baby with a big heart!"
Hopeful that Oncidium Ruler can progress to the VRC St Leger on Anzac Day, Nigel bred Oncidium Ruler with his wife Meredith, sending their Zabeel mare Za Za Zoom to Strategic.
Whilst the latter is known as a speed influence, Oncidium Ruler has always shaped as a stayer and there is certainly stamina in his pedigree with his grandam being by Noble Bijou and his third dam by his namesake Oncidium.
Hailing from the family of stakes winning stayers The Bandette, Prince Majestic, Ranger, De Montfort and Blood Brotha, Oncidium Ruler is raced by Nigel and Meredith with Mark Norris, Dr Norman Sonenberg, Dr Anthony Dortimer, Simon Whybrow, Urs & Christa Biedermann, B D Waddingham, Leardi Goldsmith, Paul Kerrigan, Steve Moran and D Tymms.