2016 RA Lee Stakes First-Up for Prince Of Penzance

May 4th, 2016

Prince Of Penzance has not been seen at the races since his heroic performance to win the 2015 Melbourne Cup (3200m), but completed a strong piece of work between races at Warrnambool on Tuesday in the lead-up to his return in the RA Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on May 21st.

Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance is on track for a return to racing in the 2016 RA Lee Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance is on track for a return to racing in the 2016 RA Lee Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Prince Of Penzance has been a strong and largely consistent performer for Weir through his entire racing career so far, but was rated virtually no chance of success in the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November; leaving at $101 odds.

Having received a great run in transit off the pace of the race’s leaders, the Pentire gelding immediately responded when asked for an extra effort by jockey Michelle Payne; producing a scintillating turn of foot to hit the line half a length in the clear of Max Dynamite.

Trainer Darren Weir was pleased with the work completed by Prince Of Penzance and stable mate Tall Ship, and confirmed both horses are on track for a return in the 2016 RA Lee Stakes in a fortnight.

“I thought they both stretched out well,” Weir told AAP.

“They were a little bit slow early but they’re both in beautiful order.

“The ground was perfect for them and they will be good tomorrow. That’s the important thing.”

Tall Ships has displayed plenty of ability in his time under the guidance of Weir, but the leading trainer believes he can still improve in transit.

“He’s got the ability but he just goes a bit too keen,” he added.

Tall Ship stormed onto the Australian racing scene via an impressive 2015 autumn campaign, highlighted by success in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m).

Resuming in spring for a number of similarly good results, the Sea The Stars gelding ran fourth in the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) and second in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) most notably; ending his year with a strong win in the Listed Werribee Cup (2600m).

Prince Of Penzance has posted seven wins and a further eight minors through a total of twenty-four career starts, since first appearing on course competitively in 2013.

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