The VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series moved to Wangaratta last weekend and it paid huge dividends to Bendigo trainer Kym Hann following the win of Glenrowan Prince.
The 6YO son of Bushranger, bred by Max and Judi Clarke, took out the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Eldorado on the Wangaratta Cup racecard with a front running ride and defeated odds-on favourite Widgee Turf.
Hann, who missed the trip to Wangaratta and instead headed to Melbourne for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, admitted he had not been overly confident of victory.
“I was confident he would run a place, but the way the track was playing I wasn’t overly confident he could win,” Hann said.
“Not only did he pick up the $38,500 first prize cheque, but also a $7000 VOBIS breeders bonus and $23,000 owners bonus, which takes his overall winnings to just shy of $300,000,” Hann said.
The win was Glenrowan Prince’s eighth in 32 starts, which have included seven minor placings.
Breeder Max Clarke has previously said the foal, who was orphaned at two-months old, was highly resilient and was a bit of a surprise when born.
“We send our mares away to foal down under expert care, but (his dam) Blue Magic didn’t want to wait. I went down to feed in the morning and realised there were too many legs in the paddock,” Clarke said.
Unfortunately when he was only two and a half months old the Clarkes lost his dam, Blue Magic to a snakebite.
“We looked at hand rearing him or being fostered, but the little guy was on hard feed the next day and since then, he has never looked back.”
Hann bought Glenrowan Prince from the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale as a yearling for only $35,000 from the Eliza Park draft.
“He wasn’t a very big horse, but he was a neat little running horse, and being from a first season sire, I didn’t think a lot of people would have been on it.
“He raced as a two year old, and I actually had him heading to the Blue Diamond, but he never passed his first ticket and had to re-trial. He ran close seconds at his first two starts as a two-year-old, and he then ran (midfield) in the Group 2 Sires (at Flemington).”
Hann has shown plenty of patience with the six-year-old gelding, which underwent surgery to remove a chip in his fetlock following his breakthrough city win.
“He has now had three joint operations, up at Bendigo Equine with Michael and Sarah, who I am great friends with and they look after him for me.”
The young trainer hopes Glenrowan Prince can carry plenty of momentum into Sunday’s Echuca Cup and hopefully chase more VOBIS Gold bonuses.
“If he runs up to (last) Sunday’s form he is going to be hard to beat,” Hann said.