A trip to Brisbane is now a possibility for Prom Queen after the explosive filly added to her impressive record with a runaway win over 1000 metres at Riccarton today.
The winner of three of her four starts before today, the daughter of Hallmark Stud's first season sire Super Easy was the $1.30 favourite against a field of five first-starters and a maiden in the $20,000 Gavelhouse.com 2YO. On paper she was vastly superior, and so it proved on the track.
Prom Queen was travelling better than any of her rivals from a very early stage of the sprint journey, with rider Sam Collett still motionless in the saddle while the rest of the jockeys went for the whip.
Collett turned Prom Queen loose inside the last 300 metres and she blew the others away, romping to victory by nine and a half lengths. She clocked 59.24 on a track rated Slow9.
“I’m a bit speechless to be honest,” co-trainer and part-owner Kenny Rae told www.theinformant.co.nz. “She just keeps on improving!
“She was the topweight today she’s only a small filly, so I was a bit worried about her carrying the weight. But Sam Collett got her to settle beautifully – that’s the best she’s ever settled in a race. It was an amazing win.
“We’ll carry on to the stakes race back at Riccarton in two weeks – the Champagne Stakes. Someone’s also just told me that there’s a $100,000 race for two-year-old fillies in Brisbane in the winter. That’s only a rough chance at the moment, but if she carries on improving we might think about having a shot at that.
“I’d like to think she’ll make a 1000 Guineas horse in the spring. Everything she does at home and in her work, she doesn’t look like a sprinter.”
The Brisbane race is the A$100,000 Listed Bill Carter Stakes over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm on June 3.
Prom Queen has now had five starts for four wins and a third, earning more than $67,000 in prize-money headed by victory in the Listed Welcome Stakes in November.
Bred by Windsor Park Stud Prom Queen is from the stakes placed mare Finishing School (Royal Academy) who is also the dam of Australian stakes winner Swiss Rose.
Swiss Rose is the dam of Saturday's smart Randwick 2YO winner The Mighty Fed (All Too Hard) who made it back to back wins in Sydney.