Day At The Track

Our Princess Royal shows true worth

06:47 AM 17 Mar 2009 NZDT
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Aristocratically bred juvenile pacing filly Our Princess Royal gave a true idea of her worth when she impressively sustained front running tactics against those of her age and sex in the $18,000 Magness Benrow Sires Stakes Heat Mobile Pace (1950 metres) at Addington today.

The daughter of Christian Cullen and Champagne Princess showed her appreciation of a front line barrier draw that enabled her to demonstrate her good manners and stamina. “She is a very tough filly,’’ caretaker trainer Mark Smolenski said of the youngster he prepares for his father Jack who is nowadays wheel chair bound after suffering a stroke last year.

“I doubt very much if she will race much more, if at all, this season,’’ Mark said. “All the big two year old filly races are up north these days.’’

Smolenski said the Nevele R Stakes at the recent Cheviot meeting on the track was her main target but she did not perform to expectations from a bad second row draw. “She went good today …it just goes to show you the difference between a bad and good draw,’’ driver Sam Smolenski, Mark’s son and Jack’s grandson, pointed out. “From her good draw, she was just able to run on her own natural ability,’’ he added. The entire Smolenski team said it was a shame she was inconvenienced by a bad draw last week but they accepted that she would one day have to learn to settle and race in behind.

“We will back off her now because we don’t want to travel north to the big filly races…We can take her along quietly and she still has some growing to do. She will make a lovely three year old next season,’’ Mark Smolenski said.

The exciting filly was well rated by Sam Smolenski who guided her through the first two even quarters (both 31sec) of the last mile, then a 30 sec third sectional and the last 400 in 28.8 for her half length success.

Don Wright  

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