Exciting filly Princess Hallowell led home a Mungrup Stud trifecta in the Frank & Rona Plate (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Princess Hallowell (2f Oratorio – Klazig by Flying Spur) controlled the race outside the pace and then shot clear to score by two lengths from the Danehill Express youngsters Lenience and Wivenhoe Express.
The trio are all Mungrup Stud graduates from the 2012 Perth Magic Millions. The Great Southern nursery has a Hala Bek (Ire) half-brother to Princess Hallowell catalogued as Lot 315 for the upcoming Perth Magic Millions on February 19 & 20.
The Hala Bek colt will receive another significant update if Princess Hallowell wins the $250,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Ascot on February 16. “I’m really looking forward to the Magic Millions,” trainer Trevor Andrews said. “There’s still improvement to come with that run under her belt.”
Andrews won the Magic Millions with Ravinia (Thunder Gulch) in 2006 and Time To Climb (Bearcat) in 2010. “Princess Hallowell won like an odds-on favourite today,” he said. “I wouldn’t swap her for anything else in a fortnight.”
Mungrup Stud received $110,000 from Mt Hallowell Stud owner Craig Thompson for Saturday’s winner. The placegetters made $54,000 (Lenience) and $20,000 (Wivenhoe Express) from the same consignment.
Oratorio (Aus) has 40 yearlings entered for the 2013 Perth Magic Millions and Mungrup studmaster Gray Williamson is prepping 25 of them at Narrikup. One of his early picks is the colt from Palace Alice (Lot 133). “He’s a half-brother to Lords Ransom and has got a physique to match his pedigree,” Williamson claimed. “He’s a lovely, all-round colt – it’s hard to fault him.”
The Oratorio filly out of True Surrender (Lot 7) is another that will catch the eye at the Belmont sales complex. “She’s a very nice type and we bred her older half-sister Moccasin Bend who won a WA Guineas,” Williamson explained. “She looks a forward filly for the two year-olds races next season.”
Williamson reckons the Oratorio – Silver Empire colt (Lot 167) will also be an early goer. “He’s a precocious colt and really looks the part. His dam was Group 1 placed in South Africa.”
The Silver Empire colt’s extended family goes right back to Heytesbury Stud’s Horse of the Year Hold That Smile and, apart from Oratorio himself, includes current Group 1 star Sea Siren and Williamson’s homebred flyer Scuffs.
Oratorio (Aus) has been Sunspeed’s Champion 2YO Sire twice and those titles coincided with his G2 Karrakatta Plate winners Gold Rocks (2009) and Motion Pictures (2010).
– Karl Patterson
Hala Bek – Klazig Colt
Half-brother to Princess Hallowell at the Perth Magic Millions