Princess a professional at Ascot

Trainer Trevor Andrews will set exciting filly Princess Hallowell for black-type assignments after she bolted in by four lengths at Ascot on Saturday.

Princess Hallowell (2f Oratorio – Klazig by Flying Spur) went out an odds-on favourite after a debut second before Xmas and she was always travelling like a winner under Paul Harvey in the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1000m).

“She only had a 500m trial before that first start and pulled up pretty gross,” Andrews said.  “She’s a professional filly and controlled the race in front today.”

Princess Hallowell is by Mungrup Stud sire Oratorio (Aus) and cost Craig Thompson $110,000 at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.  The Mt Hallowell Stud owner also paid $180,000 for Mungrup’s Oratorio – Scuffs colt at the same sale and he has been named Halusa.

“Craig is interstate and he wanted the filly to take a sit but Paul took the initiative,” Andrews revealed.  “He sent her straight to the lead and it ended up being a soft win.”

Andrews will give the winner a month’s break before bringing her back for the $500,000 G2 Karrakatta Plate on April 6.  “We will probably skip the Magic Millions in February,” Andrews added.  “It’s hard to keep them up for both races and she’s got a future so we want to look after her.”

Andrews and Thompson captured last year’s Karrakatta with Luke’s Luck and Oratorio (Aus) sired Gold Rocks and Motion Pictures to win Perth’s premier juvenile event in 2009 and 2010.

Mungrup Stud has catalogued Princess Hallowell’s half-brother by Hala Bek as Lot 315 for next month’s Perth Magic Millions.  Their dam Klazig foaled another Oratorio (Aus) filly in September and she was bred back to first-year shuttler Dick Turpin.

– Karl Patterson

Oratorio filly pictured before the 2012 Perth Magic Millions