Clear Mountain Fairview resident sire Outback Prince, has kicked off the Darling Down’s most prestigious week of racing, the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood, with another classy winner ahead of Jumbo Prince’s start in the time honoured race this Saturday at Clifford Park.
Fellow son of Outback Prince, Salute The Prince, ensured he was taking home the winner’s purse today at Ipswich when he knuckled down and worked beautifully to the line in the Channel 7 News Maiden Plate over 1600 metres.
With Brisbane hoop Michael Cahill in the saddle, Salute The Prince (G4 Outback Prince – Jayvees Salute) sat quietly at the tail of the field, where at the 650 metre mark, the pair started to wind up, storming home to record a long head victory from Queen Gee in second place and a further five lengths back to third.
Salute The Prince was bred and is owned by Victorians John and Jayne Verrall, who have been loyal supporters of Outback Prince since the Group 1 winning stallion first went to stud.
Jumbo Prince, the Stakes performing son of Outback Prince, is on track to hotly contest the 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood, as the most successful son of Outback Prince tries his hoof at recording his second Weetwood day victory, after his gallant effort in the Wellcamp Toowoomba Guineas (1600m) as a three-year-old in 2015.
Jumbo Prince will resume his prep this Saturday after a spelling break at Clear Mountain Fairview earlier this year.
The mighty son of Outback Prince will line up against stable and speller mate, Upstart Pride, as the son of Tycoon Ruler also heads towards Toowoomba’s biggest race for his string of owners and trainer Michael Nolan.
“I am looking forward to the Weetwood,” part-owner and breeder Bob Frappell said.
“We are excited to be in the race and we were very excited after his recent win in the Goldmarket Handicap, he is in great form and I think he is a huge chance,” Frappell said.
Both horse’s barrier fate will be decided tomorrow at the public barrier draw from 11am. Good luck to all connections.