Princess Salutes

Jun 22, 2014

Gala Princess is a filly who has always been highly regarded, as evidence by the fact that she has started favourite at each of her three starts to date.

Finishing on strongly for third at her Moonee Valley debut late last year, the daughter of Desert King hit the line hard when resuming at Mornington a few weeks ago and on Sunday she was all the stronger.

“She was unlucky not to win first up,” Michael Kent said, adding that she is a filly who “just keeps going – she has got a big motor.”

Relishing the mile, Gala Princess jumped well from a wide gate but was pressured a fair way from home – impressing apprentice Jake Bayliss with the way in which she responded.

“The challenges came quite early and it is hard to quicken off a strong tempo like that,” he said, “but she did.”

“She is a very nice filly,” he continued, “and being by Desert King you know she is going to stay.”

Gala Princess is a home-bred for Janet & Allan Francis who have had her family for several generations having also bred her dam Gala Snip and her grandam Gala Tina.

Gala Snip won a couple of races over sprinting trips – “she was fast,” Janet recalled, “but she just didn’t have the stamina that this one has.”

Adding that the grey “looks a lot like her dam,” Janet noted that Gala Princess does have a nicer temperament.

“Her mother would just push you out of the way, this one is quieter.”

Producing a filly by Black Caviar’s brother Moshe last spring, Gala Princess also has a two-year-old full brother to Gala Princess called Desert Raider.

The Francis’ also bred and race the stable’s stakes winner Serene Star who descends from their first broodmare, one who cost them just $100!

“She was the start of our story,” said Janet.