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Universal Ruler Wins Bunbury Stakes
On the track yesterday, ill-fated former Durham Lodge stallion Scenic (Sadler's Wells-Idyllic, by Foolish Pleasure) added a black-type success when favoured 3YO colt Universal Ruler (Scenic-Rulings, by Hurricane Sky) scored a 1.25-lengths victory over his older rivals in the $110,000 Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) in Western Australia. Universal Ruler (ridden by Jason Whiting for trainer Darren McAuliffe) defeated 5YO gelding I Command (Commands-Eyenar, by Jetball) & dead-heating top-weighted 7YO gelding Royal Lott (Royal Abjar-Hello Lottie, by Beau Sovereign) & 5YO gelding Noble Steed (Dauberval-Noble Baroness, by Protos). Universal Ruler (an $42,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Premier Sale in Perth) now has 4 wins (also including 2007's Listed Perth Stakes over 1100m at Ascot) from 5 starts for $172,550 earnings.