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The humble side of Fraser Auret’s nature was evident after Julinsky Prince had credited him with the first Group One victory of his training career.
The Marton horseman was quick to give credit to his rider and long-time mate Johnathon Parkes, his staff and loyal stable supporter John Bromley, who bred and races his stable star, after the five-year-old’s Windsor Park Plate victory.
“He’s a tough horse and it’s been a big team effort to get here,” Auret said. “Johnathon and I have been friends for a long time and we share the same work ethic, he deserves this as much as me.
“John’s been great to my career as well and this is just a super horse.”
While he may not have trumpeted the fact, Auret’s conditioning skills were the key to Julinsky Prince’s success at Trentham in the gelding’s first appearance since he won the Listed Ag Challenge Stakes in late May.
“It’s not traditional to go fresh-up into a Group One race, but we know the horse well and he deserved this one,” Auret said.
Julinsky Prince, who had trialled twice last month, was given a dream ride by Parkes one off the fence in third spot to the turn.
“We got a lovely run and Fraser and I have always said that if everything went right on an easy track the horse would be competitive in these Group Ones,” he said.
“I wanted to save his sprint for the last bit and he held on well. It’s great to get one for Fraser, he’s supported me throughout my career.”
Julinsky Prince got the better of the frontrunner Allez Eagle in the closing 200 metres to win by a length and a quarter with Platinum Witness taking third.
The Gr.1 Livamol Classic winner Addictive Habit settled three back on the fence, but failed to threaten in the straight and finished eighth. – NZ Racing Desk.