Back in her favourite position on the lead and against the rail, speedy Ruakaka filly Prom Queen scored her third 2YO win from four career starts with another blistering performance at Riccarton at the weekend.
The Windsor Park Stud-bred filly went back-to-back in her first two starts at Riccarton in the spring, blowing her rivals off the track with two spectacular performances including the Listed Welcome Stakes.
When she resumed at Wingatui on March 4 she was unable to get the lead in an 800-metre scurry and had her first taste of defeat, finishing third behind Kiwi Ida.
But today the pint-sized Prom Queen returned to Riccarton for the Selwyn Rakaia Vets Two-Year-Old and bounced back to winning form.
Ridden once again by her regular pilot Alysha Collett, Prom Queen broke sharply from the outside gate in the seven-horse field and quickly moved across to the rail. She was never headed in the 1000-metre race, scooting away in the straight and winning by a length and three-quarters in a time of 57.68 seconds.
“When she finds the rail she gets really good rhythm and is very competitive,” Collett said. “She got a bit lost coming across on to the course proper, but she gave me a really good kick once she balanced up in the straight.”
Sensei and Kiwi Ida, who placed behind Prom Queen in the Welcome Stakes in November, were second and third again today. Their superiority to the rest of South Island’s two-year-olds was demonstrated by a seven-length margin back to fourth.
Prom Queen is trained by Ken and Lisa Rae and their daughter Krystal Williams for an ownership group made up of a number of the Raes’ friends including Yaldhurst Hotel owner Dave McHugh.
“She’s just got gears,” Ken Rae said. “She doesn’t like being headed when she gets the lead, so we wanted Alysha to try to get the lead again today. It was a good win.
“She’s down here for the Listed race (the 1200-metre Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes on May 6). There’s absolutely nothing for her in the north at the moment apart from the Group One and then the Champagne Stakes over a mile – she might run a mile at three, but there’s no way she can do it as a two-year-old.
“A lot of our good friends are in this horse. We also bought her half-brother (by Shamexpress, for $34,000 at the 2017 Select Sale), who’s already twice the size of her and hopefully he’ll be somewhere near as good.”