Princess strikes Gold at Swan Hill

Devon Princess collected another bonus for Vinery sire Testa Rossa with a resounding victory in the VOBIS Gold Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill on Friday.

She banked the bulk of the $160,000 in prizemoney and bonuses for owner Betty Hoare and trainer Mick Price.

Devon Princess (2f Testa Rossa – Gaelic Princess by King of Kings) ranged up to odds-on favourite Symphonix down the dip and then sprinted away to score by four lengths.  “Mick backed her up from Sandown last Saturday and she’s holding up well,” jockey Mark Pegus said.  “She’s rock hard so we pressured the favourite and it paid off.”

The Testa Rossa filly is raced by Betty Hoare and was bred by her husband John who died earlier this year.  Her dam Gaelic Princess carried the family’s orange and blue colours to Group 3 placings in the 2003 Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude behind Red Ransom filly Halibery.

Gaelic Princess has a yearling colt by Vinery champion More Than Ready and was bred back to Myboycharlie last November.

Devon Princess is the second VOBIS Gold feature winner by a Vinery stallion for the Hoare family and Price this year.  In March, their talented Red Ransom three year-old Worth A Ransom claimed the VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1300m) at Wangaratta.

Friday’s VOBIS Gold Classic result helped Testa Rossa hurdle Snitzel into third place on the Australian 2YO table with over $2 million in prizemoney.  His Magic Millions Classic winner Unencumbered stashed most of that cash and he will vie for Australia’s Champion 2YO Colt in 2013-14.

Vinery sire Mossman tops the 2YO premiership with $2.96 million in prizemoney and fellow Vinery stallion Myboycharlie is also in the Top 10 with earnings of $982,000

Testa Rossa will stand for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery this year.