Princess Annie seems to like it long

Observer writer

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Princess Annie seems to be just like her half-brother, Future King , who is bred to go long and the hope is that she, with time, can develop into a useful filly,” trainer Wayne DaCosta said after she gave her sire Northern Giant his first win. Princess Annie , owned by Carlton Watson is bred by Northern Giant Millennium Princess .

Following three promising runs she came into her own the fourth time with a six-length performance over rivals in a Maiden Special Weight contest for native-bred two-year-olds going 1,300 metres on the Heroes Day 11-race card at Caymanas Park on Monday.

In her first three races Princess Anne ran well but was begging to go longer as she finished second going 1,000 metres by 5 lengths in her first race. She then returned for her second race going 1,100 metres and again finished second, this time by seven lengths. Facing the starter for her third outing in the Cash Pot “Only One For Me” Trophy race, the filly finished third to Top Shelf and Casual Drink after being prominent throughout over 1,200 metres.

Eyeing the second leg of the Supreme Ventures Two-Year-Old Series, the Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy, going 1,400 metres, Princess Anne returned for her fourth run with an increase in distance of 100 metres and she exhaled by showing much improvement as the distance was to her liking.

She stepped up several notches and demolished the nine-horse field after completing 1,300 metres in a tidy 1:20.4 with splits of 23.2, 47.3, 1:11.3 as the 3/5 favourite. She was ridden by the leading rider Anthony Thomas.

The first-time runner Cairo finished second at odds of 18/1. Duke, who was installed the 6/5 favourite, finished third.

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