Prom Queen reigns supreme

Sunday Star-Times - - SPORT - TIM RYAN

PROM Queen knows how to cap­ture the lime­light.

She did it again on her home track of Ruakaka on Satur­day for her en­thu­si­as­tic group of lo­cal own­ers like she’s done six times pre­vi­ously.

The diminu­tive filly by Su­per Easy is the ap­ple of co-trainer Kenny Rae’s eye and he’s will­ing to bet she’s got plenty more to of­fer.

Rae trains the fly­ing ma­chine in part­ner­ship with his wife Lisa and daugh­ter Krys­tel Wil­liams and she was rid­den to perfection by Alysha Col­lett in her Group III North­land Breed­ers Stakes win

Col­lett had her cruis­ing along out­side pace­maker Not Usual Heart and while her main op­po­si­tion tried to make ground, Prom Queen was off and gone.

The Tony Pike-trained pair Aim Smart and Fel­ton Road were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively with the third horse the hard luck story.

Jockey Leith Innes set­tled Fel­ton Road last, and on a day when on speed was the place to be, he was run­ning into traf­fic prob­lems as he tried to lodge his chal­lenge.

There will plenty more to come from the placed horses but all hon­ours were with the win­ner who boosted her earn­ings be­yond $150,000.

It is a great re­turn on a horse Rae, also a part-owner, took on lease sight un­seen as a year­ling from breed­ing farm Wind­sor Park Stud.

‘‘She’s a freak of a horse,’’ Rae said. ‘‘She’s got the at­ti­tude.’’

Rae hopes her lat­est win will si­lence the knock­ers who ques­tion what the brave gal­loper has done.

‘‘They say she won’t go fur­ther or do this and that,’’ he said. ‘‘How many times does a horse have to win to prove her­self.’’

Rae and his own­ers are proud of their girl.

‘‘What other peo­ple think I don’t re­ally care,’’ he said.

They will chase the ul­ti­mate goal for a 3-year-old filly, the 1,000 Guineas at Ric­car­ton in Novem­ber with an at­trac­tive $300,000 stake as her main im­me­di­ate goal.

What she does mean­time will ex­clude wet tracks and she will go ‘‘where the weather is best’’.

She was the crown­ing glory in a day to be­hold for her train­ers who had ear­lier wins with Inanna and Ka­ha­rau.

The Group III New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Ric­car­ton is a likely spring tar­get for Ka­ha­rau, while Inanna is nom­i­nated along­side Prom Queen for the 1000 Guineas.

A bunch of multi bets went down the tubes when short-priced favourite Hi­flyer was beaten in the open 1200.

Ronchi from the Bruce Wal­lace and Al­lan Peard sta­ble led through­out and was too good for Hi­flyer who got home from last.

Jockey Grant Cook­sley knew what he had un­der him and the $17 shot was trav­el­ling sweetly all the way.

Hi­flyer’s trainer Peter Lock was happy with the run and will aim the son of Tav­i­s­tock at the Thomp­son Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Tren­tham on Oc­to­ber 28.

He may take on the Listed sprint at Hast­ings be­fore­hand where he is likely to face Ronchi.

IT was tough go­ing at Awa­puni on Satur­day but class shone through in the Listed Met­ric Mile.

The day’s $70,000 fea­ture show­cased the abil­ity of the find of cen­tral dis­tricts rac­ing Dol­cetto.

The Sylvia Kay-trained and co-owned geld­ing has been a rev­e­la­tion in his cur­rent cam­paign which be­gan back in May at Awa­puni in a Rat­ing 75 race over 1200m.

He won that day rid­den by Saman­tha Col­lett and she hasn’t let him out of her sights win­ning four sub­se­quent starts cul­mi­nat­ing in his big­gest test on Satur­day.

It was his black-type de­but but he proved way too good to take his earn­ings be­yond $150,000 from seven wins achieved in just 10 starts.

His vet­eran trainer was in awe of the 5-year-old.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled,’’ the as­tute horse­woman said. ‘‘I thought he was ab­so­lutely bril­liant to­day.

‘‘It’s been hard, he’s had sore feet with all the wet tracks we’ve had but he’s over­come that and has been work­ing well.’’

Kay will catch her breath be­fore de­cid­ing on her next move.

‘‘I’ll get over to­day and well go from there.’’

Chas­ing Dol­cetto home was Au­then­tic Paddy, who went his trade­mark hon­est race with Rose­wood run­ning an out­stand­ing third in her open class de­but. Favourite Fran­caletta ap­peared to find the con­di­tions and step to 1550m too much.


Prom Queen and Alysha Col­lett in con­trol of the North­land Breed­ers Stakes.

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