Four on end for Sensible Princess
30 September 2017, 2:25 p.m.
A tilt at stakes company could be the next assignment for Sensible Princess after she extended her winning streak to four with a stylish victory at New Plymouth.
Facing a small but quality line-up in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series sponsored contest, the Fraser Auret trained five-year-old dominated her four rivals in her first appearance since scoring at Awapuni in late July.
|Sensible Princess Photo: Peter Rubery Race Images|
Handled confidently by rider Lisa Allpress, who has been aboard for each of her victories in the current sequence, Sensible Princess sat outside leader New York Minute throughout the event before issuing her challenge early in the run home. Asked for an effort to repel the challenge of eventual runner-up Caramac, the Street Sense five-year-old dug deep to hold nicely as she scored by a long neck in 1.17.11 for the 1200 metre journey.
“She’ll be sucking in the big ones after that but there’s plenty of improvement in her,” noted Auret immediately after the race.
“She was pretty wound up today but she always is when she is fresh-up so it’s onwards and upwards from here.
“Every start she seems to be learning something and I’d like to give a massive plug to Lisa who has been educating the horse while also doing the business on her and it’s never easy to do both.”
Allpress was also of the mind that the run would do the mare the world of good as she heads to bigger assignments.
“She was just so quiet around at the barrier but she packed a bit of a sad before going in, which she hasn’t done for a long time, so she was a bit fresh,” she said.
“She’s a much better chaser but with New York Minute in the race I knew if I didn’t serve it up early that horse would just keep going.
“She went really well considering she is still quite fat so she will take a lot of improvement out of it.”
Auret had stated pre-race that a start in the Gr. 3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeder Stakes in a fortnight was his main aim for the mare however her recovery from today’s exertions would dictate whether she remained on that path. – NZ Racing Desk