Prolific Princess wins feature
In a very close finish, the Omar Walker-ridden PROLIFIC PRINCESS edged out BIRDIE MY LOVE to capture the Ash Wednesday Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Trained by Neive Graham for popular owner O'Shaun Connection, the 5-y-o chestnut mare raced off the early pace in fourth passing the half mile as the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K (13-1) led from DANCING QUEEN (17-1) with the 1-2 favourite CHACE THE GREAT racing in touch in a maximum field of 16.
TALENTED TONY K was caught by DANCING QUEEN in mid-stretch, but by then PROLIFIC PRINCESS and the 46-1 outsider BIRDIE MY LOVE (formerly BIRD CATCHER) loomed large into contention with PROLIFIC PRINCESS on the inside getting her nose in front on the wire.
Graham said he was pretty confident of victory.
"She turned in an impressive exercise gallop of 1:06.4 for 5 1/2 furlongs in preparation for the race and was one of the sharpest in the field. She also loves this trip, having won back to back races over the distance late last year," said the trainer.
LIGHT BRIGADE (3-1) notched his fourth consecutive win this season, going wire to wire in the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup over 1200 metres with Shamaree Muir again in the saddle. The 8-y-o gelding from the stables of Delroy Wisdom held on by a neck from 1-1 favourite, BARS OF GOLD.