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Another fine performance by the 'Princess'

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSEREVR RACING WRITER

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

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In what will probably be her last race at Caymanas Park, reigning Horse-of-the-Year Princess Popstar once again demonstrated her class with another talented performance to win an Open Allowance race yesterday.

Ridden by Percival Williams for 14-time champion trainer Phillip Feanny, Princess Popstar dismantled her six rivals in the 1,200-metre event winning by a widening seven lengths.

Stable-companion El Poderoso, with Winston Griffiths in the saddle, was second and Classy Prospect (Shamaree Muir up) in third with Hover Craft (Dick Cardenas aboard) completing the fame.

The 'Princess', as she is popularly known, covered the distance in a pleasing 1:12:2 minutes after setting splits of 22:4 and 45:4.

As expected, the Two Pen-yu-owned Princess Popstar broke well and was sent to the lead by her rider over Classy Prospect, El Poderoso with Edison, the mount of O'Brien White, in fourth passing the 800-metre mark.

Turning for home well in the lead, Williams then asked his mount to go and Princess Popstar responded well and drew further away from the field and won with consummate ease.

Princess Popstar is a three-year-old bay filly by Adore The Gold-Docs' Paladin by Boundary, was winning her sixth race from as many starts and pocketed the $429,400 as the winner's share with lifetime earnings of just over $7 million.

"Well she (Princess Popstar) is taking her time coming on as she is not a 100 per cent ready as yet, but she is a brilliant racehorse. She could have run faster than the time suggested but the breeze was heavy, and as you can see, I was gentle on her," jockey Williams said in the winners' enclosure.

Meanwhile, veteran jockey Devon A Thomas and apprentice rider Kuri Powell took the ridding honours by booting home two winners each on the nine-race midweek-programme.

Thomas, with a chance ride, got the job done on the Paul Hilton-trained El Patron in the fifth race over1,600 metres and completed his double on aboard Change Him Name for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the eight-race Restricted Allowance event over 1,100 metres. Powell meantime had his winners with Classic Beau for trainer Victor Williams in the sixth race over 1,500 metres and the Wilfred Chin-trained Justice Rhodinal in the seventh race over 1,000 metres straight.

No trainer had more than one winner.

Racing continues on Saturday with the running of the Groom's Association of Jamaica Trophy.

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