Day At The Track

King reigns supreme in Easter Cup

11:42 AM 06 Apr 2015 NZST
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Rule LIke A King (Rohan Hillier) easily wins ther Easter Cup at Mowbray last night.jpg
Rule Like A King
Photo PETER STAPLES

Victorian harness racing raider Rule Like A King made a one-act affair of the $40,000 Group Three Lees Orchards Easter Cup in Launceston last night.

Rule Like A King was having only his second start since a 16-month injury enforced lay-off, but delivered one of the most emphatic wins in the modern day history of the feature.

With ace Tasmanian reinsman Rohan Hillier in the sulky, the son of Mach Three stepped brilliantly to lead from the front line, lead and after setting consistent sectionals, he burst clear to score by almost 22 metres from local outsider The Majority ($34).

Fellow interstate invader Outrageous El ($4.50) was two metres away third.

Rule Like A King was listed as being trained by Hillier, but he took no credit for the gelding’s Cup preparation, preferring to relay that honour to his Victorian trainer, Dean Braun.

“The horse came to me a couple of days before his Easter Cup heat last week, so I really can't take credit for training the horse,” Hillier said. “But I will celebrate it as my first winning drive in an Easter Cup.

“It’s an honour to be given the responsibility of caring for a horse for such a prestigious race and we delivered the desired result.

“I’ll be taking the Cup on a pub crawl tomorrow and probably end up drinking bubbly from it at the Devonport gallops tomorrow.”

Rule Like A King was diagnosed with a bone chip in a coffin bone after finishing unplaced at Melton in September 2013.

Braun gave the gelding plenty of time to recover and is confident he can win more feature races.

“I thought the horse did a good job in his Easter Cup heat and tonight I think he showed that he is an above average horse,” Braun said.

“We targeted the Easter Cup as a first-up assignment for him and he hasn't let us down.”

Rule Like A King rated 2.01.3 for the 2698-metre trip, with the last half covered in 59 seconds.

Braun is undecided about whether to return Rule Like A King to Victoria or leave him Tassie for some free-for-all racing to get him even more conditioned before an assault on a couple of feature races in his home state.

  • PETER STAPLES

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