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Angelic Ruler joins in east coast spring raid

WA’s raid on the east coast spring riches will ramp up again when quality mare Angelic Ruler resumes in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Placed in three Group 3 features in Melbourne during the autumn, Angelic Ruler flew to Melbourne on Tuesday night with stablemate Pushin’ Shapes and boom sprinter Special Reward.

Co-trainers Dan and Ben Pearce will also send Group 3 Roma Cup winner Vital Silver to Victoria in a fortnight.

A sore foot ruled the Pearces’ in-form mare Essential Spice out of the Melbourne spring.

“Angelic Ruler races well first-up and she’s improved since her trial,” Ben Pearce said.

“We had Damian Lane booked to ride her, but he had to jump off at the last minute to ride Aristia, so we’ve got Dean Yendall on.

“Vital Silver flies over on October 1 and runs in the Gilgai Stakes first-up.

“There are plenty of options here for Essential Spice. She’ll run in a couple of ratings races and then head to the Summer Scorcher and Scenic Blast.”

WA duo Scales Of Justice and Gatting have won Melbourne’s two Group 1 features this season and boom mare Arcadia Queen won first-up at Rosehill last Saturday.

The Pearces could also add Friar Fox to their travelling team. The Justine Erkelens-trained mare was an impressive first-up winner at Belmont Park last Saturday.

“We’ve been in contact with Justine about taking her over, so hopefully we add her to the team,” Ben Pearce said.

Scales Of Justice’s spring campaign is over after his fifth to Gatting in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last Saturday. Trainer Lindsey Smith has spelled the dual Group 1 winner, ruling him out of a potential return home for the Ascot carnival.

Mitchell Pateman is the new rider of Touch Of Silver for the Listed Boulder Cup (2111m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.

He replaces the suspended Peter Hall on the Adam Durrant-trained gelding, who won the Peninsula Mile and was fifth in the Coolgardie Cup (1760m).

Trainer Kevin Green has been disqualified for seven months for presenting Saxon Saxoff to race with caffeine detected in a post-race urine sample.

Stewards disqualified Saxon Saxoff from his victory at Ascot on March 9.

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