Last season’s Young Guns winner Cyclone Prince resumed in fine style last night at Cambridge by winning the first heat of the 2013 NRM Sires Stakes Series.
The Gareth Dixon trainer three-year-old was driven to perfection by “The Wizard” Todd Mitchell, who was able to slot the son of Mach Three into the trail when Ohoka Cooper went up to tussle for the lead with Dean Martin.
That proved the winning of the race, with Cyclone Prince finishing too strongly over the concluding stages for Dean Martin, who was game in defeat.
Favourite Ohoka Cooper tired to finish a disappointing sixth.
Both the first and second horses, Cyclone Prince and Dean Martin, have now confirmed themselves a spot in the $180,000 Final on Cup Day (November 12)
Cyclone Prince paced the mile journey in 1-57.1, with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 27.8
Cyclone Prince has some high profile connections including Blackcaps, Brendon McCullum and Kyle Mills as well as former Allblack Ant Strachan.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that impressive Machtu, who was scratched out of last night’s heat, has been sold to Perth. With his trainer Brian Hughes saying the offer was simply too good to refuse.
Earlier in the night David Kaa claimed an early double with Threestones and Omar who were both tidy winners, while the fast class pass was taken out by former Sires Stakes Final Lets Elope.
By Andrew Fitzgerald