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A gear switch proved an inspired move after Alinko Prince produced a strong staying performance on Saturday to provide his trainer Fraser Auret with a sentimental victory in his home feature.
The strapping son of Alamosa was a deserved winner of the Listed Gallagher Marton Cup at Trentham following runner-up finishes in each of his previous three appearances.
|Alinko Prince in red cap
Photo: Troy Leggett Race Images (PN)
Alinko Prince was narrowly beaten in the Listed Feilding Cup, the Waverley Cup and in the Chalmers Handicap before gaining a major reward.
“It’s a massive thrill and I’ve got a big mortgage there so it’s nice to have a Cup to show for it!” the Marton-based Auret said.
“We took the blinkers off and put the visor blinkers on in the hope he could see the others – if he gets to the front too soon he can switch off.”
Alinko Prince’s odds for the Gr.3 Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup were cut from $16 to $7 following his defeat of Jacksstar, who shares the same quote for the Trentham feature on January 21.
“He’s a beautiful, big, raw sort of horse and he doesn’t love the firm ground and that’s why he hadn’t raced for 40 days before this,” Auret said.
“I thought it would be a lovely pipe opener into the Wellington Cup for him.”
Prepared by Auret for long-time stable client and breeder John Bromley, Alinko Prince raced at the back of the field under rider Johnathan Parkes before edging closer across the top.
The five-year-old responded valiantly to Parkes’ urgings in the closing 150 metres to reel in Jacksstar and score by three quarters of a length with Echezeaux finishing third in front of the pacemaker China Star. – NZ Racing Desk.