2016 Grafton Cup Next for Foreign Prince

June 20th, 2016

David Payne has revealed Foreign Prince will progress to the 2016 Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 14th following an impressive performance for success in a Rosehill Gardens race over the weekend.

Foreign Prince will be set for the 2016 Grafton Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Foreign Prince will be set for the 2016 Grafton Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Jumping from the gates well in the Kensei Handicap (2000m), jockey Deanne Panya allowed Foreign Prince to stride forward and take an ideal position on pace; setting a fair tempo from the outset and in transit.

Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, the High Chaparral gelding produced a smart turn of foot to pull comfortably ahead of his rivals and find the line more than three lengths in the clear of Sebrina.

Understandably pleased with the performance, Payne told AAP that he will set Foreign Prince for an appearance in the 2016 Grafton Cup, should he continue to pull up ideally from his second-consecutive race win on Saturday.

“He is a horse that had a few problems early on but he loves winter racing and the cut out of the ground,” Payne said.

“Now that he is in form we have to have a go at a race like that (2016 Grafton Cup). He deserves it.

“As long as he is ridden to relax I think we can give him a go at a longer race.”

Foreign Prince has been a strong and consistent performer through the majority of his career so far; posting seven wins and a further six minors through twenty-eight competitive starts.

Producing a number of typically strong performance through 2015, including a credible run for fifth in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (2000m), Foreign Prince returned this time for ninth in the Schweppes BM93 (1350m) on May 7th.

Clearly requiring another run to find form when eighth of only ten runners in the Neville Begg BM93 (1400m) on May 21st, the gelding out of Julinsky Princess savaged the line for success in the Thomson Reuters Tax Handicap (1800m), in what was his only other start prior to Saturday’s triumph.

2016 Grafton Cup nominations are due by Monday, July 11th while a final field and barrier draw is set to be completed and released two days later.

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