Day At The Track

Cyclone Prince too smart in 2-year-old pace

08:18 AM 15 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Cyclone Prince (3) wins NZ cricket captain Brendon McCullum Clevedon trainer Gareth Dixon
Cyclone Prince (3) wins - tonight's $25,000 fifth Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns heat.
NZ cricket captain Brendon McCullum - has a share in promising colt, Cyclone Prince.
Clevedon trainer Gareth Dixon - has a nice 2-year-old in Cyclone Prince.
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The Gareth Dixon trained Cyclone Prince improved on his debut fourth to take out tonight's (Friday February 15) $25,000 fifth Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns heat for 2yo colts and geldings at northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park.

Not fancied by the punters, the Mach Three colt paid $10 to win the 1700m mobile. His maiden victory came a month-and-a-half after finishing fourth on debut, also at ‘The Park' on New Year's Eve.

Cyclone Prince started from gate three and was situated three back on the outer by Todd Mitchell. Then at the 600m mark Mitchell made a race-winning move to rush up and sit outside the pace-making favourite Cilantro (Scott Phelan) at the top of the straight.

In the lane they held off the fast finishing Sky Major (Brent Mangos) to win by half a length in 2:03.9. The winning mile rate was 1:57.2 with final 800m and 400m sprints of 58.2 and 28.3 seconds.

Cyclone Prince had been winning and placing at the trials and workouts prior to his second race-day start.

The talented brown colt is the first foal out of the now 8-year-old Presidential Ball mare, Eyre To The Throne. She was also better than average winning three of her five starts in Australia.

Cyclone Prince has a full yearling sister named Cyclone Kate and a little half sister - an unregistered 2012 Rock N Roll Heaven filly.

He was bred by Dixon, M. D. Lyon, former All Black Ant Strachan, Heath Mills, and New Zealand cricket representative, Kyle Mills.

He is owned by New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum, Dixon, Richard Huitama, Bennett Bloodstock, J.G. Bull, and C.R. Strachan.

"Obviously being just his second start, he's got plenty to learn, but he has got one hell of a motor," Auckland-based Huitama told Harnesslink.

The colt qualified at Pukekohe on December 4.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Alexandra Park Highlights:Top Trainer: Sean McCaffrey 3 wins.

Top Driver: David Butcher 3 wins.

Top Sire: Bettor's Delight 3 wins.

Top Junior Driver: Josh Dickie 2 wins.

Results from the Auckland Trotting Club's meeting raced at Alexandra Park in Auckland this evening (Friday February 15, 2013) were:

Race 1: The Michelle Wallis & Bernie Hackett trained TORI MAGUIRE (Christian Cullen) Josh Dickie (j).

Race 2: The Geoff Small trained THE BUCKET LIST (Christian Cullen) David Butcher.

Race 3: The Derek Balle trained MASTER CHARLIE (Bettor's Delight) David Butcher.

Race 4: The John Dickie trained LIVELY NIGHTS (Live Or Die) Josh Dickie (j).

Race 5: The David Kaa trained ANGELINA JOLIE (Art Major) David Butcher.

Race 6: The Gareth Dixon trained CYCLONE PRINCE (Mach Three) Todd Mitchell).

Race 7: The Sean McCaffrey trained and driven MADISONZ LUCK (Armbro Invasion).

Race 8: The Sean McCaffrey trained NORVIC NIGHTOWL (Bettor's Delight) James Stormont.

Race 9: The Sean McCaffrey trained MAGUINNESS FLINT (Mach Three) James Stormont.

Race 10: The Pat and Mike O'Brien trained LIFESOFINE (Live Or Die) Peter Ferguson

Race 11: The Steve Phillips trained WINDINHERHAIR (Bettor's Delight) Nicky Chilcott.

Extensive results

Cyclone Prince and Todd Mitchell win the $25,000 fifth Breckon Bloodstock Young Guns heat for 2yo colts and geldings:

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