Princess Tiffany and Natalie Rasmussen open Jewels Day 2018 the right way for punters. Photo: Trish Dunell
The uncertainty of six weeks seemed a world away when Princess Tiffany trounced her opponents in the opening race on Jewels Day 2018.
In the hands of co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen, the brilliant filly proved far too good from a wide draw, winning comfortably by over five lengths.
It was a far cry from six weeks ago when the daughter of Bettor’s Delight was lame after standing on a nail on the night of her Group 1 Caduceus Club Classic win at Alexandra Park.
Her immediate racing future was uncertain, and it did cause a setback after an infection set in, but she quickly recovered to get her campaign back on track.
Rasmussen was contented post-race, the win backing up her assertions mid-week that the filly was ready to rumble.
“She’s a very good filly and travelled super throughout today.”
Co-owners Phil and Margaret Creighton, from Dunedin, were on course to enjoy the win and had double the reason to celebrate.
“We bred the third horse (Havtime), too, so it’s been a great result,” said Phil Creighton.
He says they made the trip north full of confidence after speaking to Rasmussen earlier in the week.
“Natalie said she’d grown another leg and was right in the zone.”
The Creightons race the hrose on lease with their good friends, Braeden and Caroline Whitelock, who bred Princess Tiffany.
“That relationship started when they bought a horse we bred, Dancing Diamonds, off us,” said Creighton.
There was a bit of carnage on the last lap when a hopple shortener on Fantasize (Todd MacFarlane) became entangled, causing her to gallop passing the half-mile.
In turn, Sezana, Gold Rocks and Kayla Marie were checked, the latter, in the hands of Mark Purdon, mounting an excellent recovery for fifth.