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Rae considers Trentham for Prom Queen

  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017
  • Richard Edmunds
Prom Queen may run at Trentham on December 9.

Prom Queen may run at Trentham on December 9.

Yesterday’s beaten 1000 Guineas favourite Prom Queen may have one more start at Trentham on her way home for a Christmas break.

Twenty-four hours on from the Super Easy filly’s defeat, which was just the second of her 10-start career, co-trainer and part-owner Kenny Rae said the main thing is that she has taken no harm from the race.

“It wasn’t the result we were hoping for, but never mind,” he told www.theinformant.co.nz. “That’s life. She’s come through it as good as gold. She was absolutely fine half an hour after it, and she’s in a paddock at Sandy Cunningham’s place now.”

After hitting the lead with a rails run at the top of the straight, Prom Queen was swamped in the last 150 metres of the fillies’ classic. But Rae was reluctant to put it entirely down to stamina limitations.

“I wouldn’t say for sure that she can’t run a mile,” he said. “I think the inside barrier ended up not being as good for us as we might have thought – the inside of the track was a bit off, and most of the winners were coming out wide.

“But she’s done us proud anyway. The plan was to bring her straight home, but we might decide to stop off in Wellington in a few weeks’ time and give her one more run in a three-year-old race there. Then she can come home and have Christmas off.”

The December 9 meeting at Trentham, which is headed by the Captain Cook Stakes, features a 1400-metre set weights and penalties three-year-old race.

Prom Queen has had 10 starts for eight wins and more than $202,000 in prize-money, including victories in the Gr. 3 Barneswood Farm Stakes, Gr. 3 Northland Breeders' Stakes and Listed Champagne Stakes and Welcome Stakes.