Impressive Igraine Cup victory
The Robert Priscott Te Awamutu-trained Igraine rubber-stamped her quality as a stayer of note downing a handy line-up in Saturday’s Gr.3 Ssangyong Counties Cup (2100m) at Pukekohe.
Looking every bit an Auckland Cup contender, the impeccably bred Galileo mare proved too tough for her rivals capturing her first success at stakes level.
Rider Samantha Collett paid credit to the fighting nature of Igraine who showed plenty of grit in her home straight battle with race favourite Mongolian Marshal.
“I ended up in a nice spot and she travelled like the winner the whole way,” she said.
“Full credit to her as she was headed by Mongolian Marshal but she picked herself up and kept fighting to the line.”
Igraine won carrying the famous Trelawney Stud colours of owners Brent and Cherry Taylor.
Purchased in Europe by bloodstock agent Paul Moroney as a future broodmare prospect for the Taylors, Igraine has now added an invaluable black-type success to her career record that stands at five wins from just 12 starts.
Moroney outlaid 65,000 guineas for the mare at the December Tattersall’s Breeding Stock Sale after she had finished fifth to subsequent American Grade One winner, A Raving Beauty, over 1800m at Listed level in Germany.
“We’re just so proud of her,” Cherry Taylor said.
“She (Igraine) is not going to stud now and will race for another year at least,” she said.
“She’s got plenty of racing in her so we will keep going.”
Priscott is now lining the classy mare up for the Skycity Waikato Gold Cup at Te Rapa on December 15.
Igraine is one of a host of good horses to have been trained by Priscott. His record speaks for itself — 495 New Zealand training successes to go with several more in Australia. His horses have won $8,054,569, including an admirable tally of 40 Group and Listed Race successes.
He rates Red Tempo as perhaps the best horse he has trained. He won his first five races in succession, including the Group 1 Great Northern Guineas. He then ran second in the Bayer Classic to Our Flight who went on to defeat Secured Deposit in the New Zealand Derby.
After the Bayer Classic, he was transferred to Colin Hayes in Australia, where he performed with distinction with his wins including the Memsie Stakes in 1983, The Futurity in 1984 and the Newmarket in 1985 for total stakes of $491,875.
The Priscott stable operation is a family business. Daughter Melanie has been all over Australasia as a horse attendant. Her partner, Clayton Chipperfield trained in partnership with Robert for a time before going out on his own account. Son Matthew spent 12 months in the stable after his professional rugby career in France, and wife Karen is a tower of strength as the office manager, looking after all accounts, communications with owners and public relations. He currently has nine horses in work.
Igraine runs out an impressive winner of Saturday’s Counties Cup in the hands of jockey Samantha Collett.
Robert Priscott, pictured at Waipa¯ RC in 2015 with two of his unnamed two year olds, saddled up his 495th career winner, Igraine, at Pukekohe on Saturday.