Windsor Park-bred win machine Prom Queen (NZ) (Super Easy) has tightened her grip on next month’s fillies’ classic at Riccarton.
Her ability to master the 1600 metres of the Group One New Zealand One Thousand Guineas has been questioned but her latest performance at Ashburton provided an emphatic reply.
Prom Queen scored a hollow victory, her eighth from nine starts, in yesterday’s Group Three Barneswood Farm Stakes, over 1400 metres, and was full of running at the post.
Kenny Rae, who trains the daughter of the Listed placegetter Finishing School (Royal Academy) with his wife Lisa and their daughter Krystal Williams, can’t see what all the fuss is about.
“I’ve never, ever worried about her going a mile,” he said. “Against her own age group she’s got too much class. She’ll go straight to the Guineas now.”
As a result of her Ashburton display, Prom Queen’s odds for the November 18 feature have been slashed from $6 to $2.50.
Ridden by Sam Collett, deputising for her suspended cousin Alysha, Prom Queen flew the gates to lead before Let Her Rip Riley (NZ) (Showcasing) went to the front under a hapless Rafi Firdhaus, whose saddle had slipped soon after barrier rise.
“She’s tractable but I was mindful of not getting pocketed so I got outside the leader,” Collett said.
Prom Queen was in front again at the top of the straight and scooted clear to beat Sensei (Dream Ahead) by two and-a-quarter lengths with Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock) three lengths further back in third.
“She’s not a hard to filly to ride and Alysha has done all the work on her,” Collett said. “They’re going to be hard-pressed to beat her in the Guineas.”
Prom Queen is out of the Royal Academy mare Finishing School who produced a sister to the brilliant galloper a few hours after she won her eighth race and fourth stakes race, from nine starts.