Prince reigns supreme in Thames Gold Cup

Louise McGregor crowned a memorable start to 2013 when Parnell Prince (NZ) reigned supreme in Saturday’s Thames Gold Cup.

The Te Aroha trainer’s hot run started at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when Grande Bellezza triumphed in the final of the Dunstan Feeds Championship.  The Oratorio (Ire) mare carries the colours as Parnell Prince.  They are both owned by Hamilton businessman Keith Parsons.

“It’s been a great week and it’s what we’re striving for,” McGregor said..  “He’s a neat horse and has his little idiosyncrasies and we have to work to keep him grinning.”

McGregor is a daughter of John and Sue Trumper who operate Cheveley Stud near Te Aroha.

Parnell Prince (5g Keeper – Worldly Rose by Spinning World) was given a cosy run on the fence by Danielle Johnson before angling clear for an uninterrupted challenge in the straight to defeat Captain Marvel (Traditionally) and Natsinga (Danasinga).

The Thames Gold Cup winner is by Cambridge Stud sire Keeper and was originally trained by Shaun Ritchie after making $42,5000 from Regal Farm at the 2009 NZB Ready to Run Sale. His dam Worldly Rose is an unraced half-sister to Darwin Cup winner Wild Heart (Unbridled’s Song).