Jumbo Prince Primed for 2016 Grafton Cup

July 12th, 2016

Trainer Michael Nolen is confident stable star Jumbo Prince is a legitimate chance of success when he lines up for the 2016 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) south of the border on Thursday afternoon.

Michael Nolen is pleased with Jumbo Prince ahead of Thursday's 2016 Grafton Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Michael Nolen is pleased with Jumbo Prince ahead of Thursday’s 2016 Grafton Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jumbo Prince was purchased for only $8000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, but already produced a number of impressive results, including several stakes victories to amass close to $650,000 in prize money.

Having already posted a number of strong results this time in, Nolen is thrilled with the condition of the Outback Prince entire and is confident the conditions of the 2016 Grafton Cup will play into his strengths on Thursday.

“He is fit and well so why not give him a chance at winning another stakes race,” Nolen told AAP.

Jim Byrne will ride him and I am looking forward to the challenge.

“He cost only $8000 and has won $645,000. No wonder he is one of our favourites. He has been Group One-placed in the Queensland Derby at 2200 metres.”

Jumbo Prince has claimed ten race wins and a further thirteen minors through a total of thirty-five career starts, since first appearing on course competitively during the late stages of 2013.

Stamping himself as a colt to follow through two-year-old races during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival, Jumbo Prince finished midfield in the Listed The Phoenix (1400m) in his first run at black type company; progressing to third in the Listed Breakfast Creek Hotel Stakes (1400m) before taking out a pair of Eagle Farm minors over 1500m and a mile respectively.

Undoubtedly returning to racing in 2015 a far-greater prospect, the stallion out of Maggie Jain failed to finish worse than second through four minors before taking out the Toowoomba Guineas (1625m) with a particularly dominant display in early May.

Running third in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m), Jumbo Prince placed a luckless sixth in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) before ending his campaign third in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m).

Clearly requiring a run when resuming this time for tenth in the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) on April 16th, Jumbo Prince ran on for third in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1400m) before returning to winning form in the Listed Tattersall’s Club Members’ Cup (1615m).

Failing to make an impact in the Listed Wayne Wilson Mile (1600m), Jumbo Prince has since placed second in each of the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) and Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m).

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering Jumbo Prince at 2016 Grafton Cup odds of $5.50 for success.