AJC Australian Derby winner Universal Prince took Bede Murray on a memorable ride a decade ago and he could give the South Coast trainer another feature fix in 2010-11.
World Wide (3g Universal Prince – See The Stars by Mr Henrysee) flew from well back on the home turn to win the AJC Convention Centre (1400m) by next to four lengths at Randwick’s Kensington course last Tuesday. Murray has been patient with the rising four year-old and that could pay dividends in 2010-11.
“World Wide has got plenty of ability and I think he can go right on with it,” Murray stated. “He relaxes in his races and will get 2000 metres.”
Western Australian breeder Sue Goodwin was also glad to hear news of the victory. Universal Prince will stand his first season at Goodwin’s Waterford Stud this spring.
Universal Prince originally stood at Inverness Stud and Baerami Thoroughbreds in NSW before transferring to the Sunspeed State. He is a son of Scenic and, apart from the 2001 AJC Derby, was a G1 winner of AJC Spring Champion Stakes, STC Canterbury Guineas and STC Ranvet Stakes.
Universal Prince has sired 41 winners of 98 races to date. His leading runner is Queensland based gelding Little Mel who has won six races for Gold Coast trainer Trevor Bailey. He earned black-type when placed behind Youthful Jack in the Listed Brisbane Plate at Eagle Farm last year.
His Hong Kong based gelding My Melody has also won HK$1 million for trainer Danny Shum.
Universal Prince is a three-quarter brother to successful Kambula Stud sire Blevic. Before transferring to WA, he covered Lover’s Knot (Khozaam) to produce a three-quarter sister to Scenic’s Melbourne Cup winner Viewed. Now rising three, the filly is named Union Street and is in work with Bart Cummings at Randwick.
Sue Goodwin has advertised Universal Prince for a $3,850 (inc gst) fee at Waterford this year.
Former Waterford stallion Mosayter (Storm Cat) has transferred to Argyle Thoroughbreds at Orange in NSW. He was also among the winners last week when Dontloitermosoyter scored a narrow victory at Belmont.
Dontloitermosoyter (4m Mosayter – Deir Suneed by Serheed) led all the way from an outside gate for part-owner and trainer Rod Chambers. The mare had opened her account on Bunbury Cup day in March.