Im­pres­sive Igraine Cup vic­tory

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.

Photo / Tr­ish Dunell

Igraine runs out an im­pres­sive win­ner of Satur­day’s Coun­ties Cup in the hands of jockey Sa­man­tha Collett.

Photo / Colin Thorsen

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.

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