Princess Popstar - what we missed and may never see again
"Princess Popstar is not normal.
"This filly ah something else.
"Bwoy it sad seh this might be her last race in Jamaica." These were just some of the comments made by those present at the racetrack on Sunday following the electrifying return run of Horse of the Year, Princess Popstar.
Bedevilled by an injury since the start of the year which forced a long recuperation period and therefore the inability to race, Princess Popstar returned to competitive racing on Sunday and based on her performance it was as if she had never left the racecourse.
Racing in the Overnight Allowance grade against 10 very seasoned rivals, Princess Popstar gave another performance which electrified those present at the racetrack and also those who stayed at home to watch the World Cup matches. It was a demonstration of pure class as she moved away with ease for a facile win in a rather good time of 1:05.3 minutes. Princess Popstar's performance was a clear reminder of what the racing public was denied because of her absence -- a thoroughbred with supreme class.
The only discomforting part of her return on Sunday was the announcement from trainer Philip Feanny and part owner Herbie Chong that the filly will not be participating in Saturday's St Leger. Instead preparations will be made for her departure to Trinidad and Tobago where 'The Princess' will continue her racing career. If this plan is fulfilled, then Sunday's run might have been the last effort by the reigning Horse of the Year on local soil.