Devon Princess collected another bonus for Vinery sire Testa Rossa with a resounding victory in the VOBIS Gold Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill on Friday.
She banked the bulk of the $160,000 in prizemoney and bonuses for trainer Mick Price who had the youngster peaking 7 starts into a prep that started at Sandown in March.
Devon Princess (2f Testa Rossa – Gaelic Princess by King of Kings) ranged up to odds-on favourite Symphonix down the dip and then sprinted away to score by four lengths.Â “Mick backed her up from Sandown last Saturday and she’s holding up well,” jockey Mark Pegus said.Â “She’s rock hard so we pressured the favourite and it paid off.”
The Testa Rossa filly is raced by Betty Hoare and was bred by her husband John, a long-time TBV member, who died earlier this year.Â Her dam Gaelic Princess carried the family’s orange and blue colours to Group 3 placings in the 2003 Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude behind Red Ransom filly Halibery.
John Hoare owned Devon Park in the Yarra Valley and his yearlings topped the Melbourne Premier more than once.
Devon Princess is the second VOBIS Gold feature winner for the Hoare family and Price this year.Â In March, their talented Red Ransom three year-old Worth A Ransom claimed the VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1300m) at Wangaratta.
Friday’s VOBIS Gold Classic result helped Testa Rossa hurdle Snitzel into third place on the Australian 2YO table with over $2 million in prizemoney.Â His Magic Millions Classic winner Unencumbered will vie for Australia’s Champion 2YO Colt in 2013-14.
Testa Rossa (Perugino) stood five years in Victoria before a 2006 move to Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley.