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Claudys Princess Is 'Oaks' Bound

01:34 AM 21 May 2014 NZST
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Claudys Princess - is Oaks bound!
Talented trotting filly Claudys Princess will compete in Saturday night's NSW Oaks at Tabcorp Park Menangle and owner Gus Underwood is hoping she can keep her unbeaten record against her own sex intact. The daughter of Bacardi Lindy has won eight of her eleven starts with all of her defeats coming at the hands of colts or geldings.

"She is a pretty talented little filly, she tries very hard and in the three races where she has been beaten every horse that has finished in front of her has been male," Underwood said.

"It was very nice to be given an invitation to the New Zealand Jewels but there is just a few too many options here at home at the moment, we have the NSW Oaks this week and not long after she has to come home to Victoria and compete in the Oaks down here."

Underwood has worked as a journalist for more than 40 years and still writes in the Shepparton News on a weekly basis.

"I have been the trots writer for longer than I care to remember and I get a page and a half each week, so I normally do a human interest story, write a column and then preview the weekend's racing."

"The story itself behind Claudys Princess is a good one, a young footballer won the service to Bacardi Lindy through the Shepparton Trotting Club in a raffle and he didn't have a broodmare so I offered him the use of my mare and we struck up a deal to go halves in her after that."

Claudys Princess was entered in the sales but was passed in and Underwood made an offer to his "partner" to buy him out.

"We had $4,000 on her at the sales and she didn't bring that so we brought her home but the young bloke had just got married and couldn't afford to be paying up for a horse so I offered him $2,500 for his share and he accepted it."

"I'm looking forward to her racing in the NSW Oaks on Saturday night, it is going to be a thrill."

By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing



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