Casino Prince added another black-type prospect to his arsenal in Sydney when Sweet Deal won the Dooleys Hcp (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Vinery sire has The Candy Man arriving from Brisbane next month for a Group 1 campaign and comeback jockey Nash Rawiller reckons Sweet Deal is ready for better grades after opening her account this season.
“I was very confident from a long way out,” Rawiller said. “It was just a matter of waiting for things to happen and when the gap came, she did the rest.
“She’s got a bit of upside and a lovely attitude. Stakes-class horses have a turn of foot and she’s got a terrific one, too.
Sweet Deal was bred by Phillipa Cooper and sold for $67,500 at the 2016 Inglis Classic Sale. She had earned minor black-type at two in the Gr.3 Widden Stakes and RL Inglis Classic at Randwick
Cooper raced her dam Dorothy Evelyn (Royal Academy) to a Canterbury win with Gary Portelli and the mare delivered a colt by Casino Prince on the eve of last year’s Epsom Handicap.
The 2019 Epsom Hcp Gr.1 on October 5 is the target for The Candy Man who won seven races in a row in Queensland before a last-start loss in the Brisbane Cup Gr.2. Trainer Barry Baldwin will head south after a first-up run at Eagle Farm on September 7.
“We will go to the Cameron Hcp (Gr.3) at Newcastle in the lead-up to the Epsom,” Baldwin said. “Queenslanders have a pretty good record in the Epsom and I think he is up with some of the State’s horses who have raced well in it over the years.”
Royal Ace completed a city double for Casino Prince and in-form trainer Danny O’Brien in the Angela Kennedy Hcp (1720m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The 6yo stallion fought back strongly after being headed in the straight to improve his record to 9 wins and over $345,175 in prizemoney. “We were in front for a long time and when he saw the other horse pass him, he lifted and put his head out on the line,” jockey Linda Meech said. “It was a nice performance,”
Casino Prince sired him from More Than Ready mare She Can’t Wait (USA). She was bred by Nordic Thoroughbreds & Vinery and won three races in Canada before shipping to Australia.
“He saves himself for race day – he struggles to break even-time at trackwork,” O’Brien revealed. “We have to race him into fitness but he has a huge constitution and keeps improving into every prep.”
Casino Prince sired a century of individual winners for the fourth season in a row in 2018-19. He is Value with a capital V for a $6,600 (inc GST) service fee at Vinery.