Clean-sweep for Capers at Caulfield

Prince Of Capers completed a clean-sweep of city wins in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne with the narrowest of victories in the Sportingbet Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

After looking beaten several times in the straight, the Arena gelding nailed a nose by nose decision over Luckyi’mbarefoot and Giresun.

Prince Of Capers (6g Arena – Palace Capers by Archregent) won races at Warwick Farm (2) and Randwick for Lomar Park owner Fred Peisah before transferring to Tony McEvoy in May 2011.

He had added victories at Morphettville (2) and Oakbank before to McEvoy crossed the border with the widely travelled sprinter-miler on the weekend.  “The margin doesn’t matter,” McEvoy said as Luke Nolen brought the gelding back to scale at headquarters.  “He’s so honest and always gives 100%.

“We might back up again here next Saturday and then keep racing him through the winter.  He will have the summer off and come back for another off-season campaign next year.  He relishes wet tracks.”

McEvoy races Prince Of Capers with his Kildalton Park partner Wayne Mitchell and Graham Fischer.

His sire Arena (Danehill) was a G1 winner of the Victoria Derby and Canterbury Guineas before retiring to Lomar Park.  He has sired 193 individual winners of 510 races at an impressive 58% strike rate.

Arena stands for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee at Lomar Park alongside emerging Irish bred stallion Valixir (Tempolino).

Prince Of Capers is the sixth winner for Palace Capers and his younger brother Coliseo claimed the LR Wagga Cup in May.  Second-dam Amiable Lady (Adirondack Holme) is a half-sister to the Lomar Park bred speed machines Razor Sharp (G1 VRC Newmarket – twice) and Steel Blade (G2 AJC Challenge Stakes).

Palace Capers has a filly foal by Valixir and she was bred back to Arena last year.