Vienna Prince Breaks Through

Nov 23, 2014

With the natural talent that Vienna Prince has always shown, it was a surprise to the stable that he was still lining up in a maiden at his fifth outing but it was worth the wait as he recorded a tough victory at Cranbourne on Friday night.

Doing a bit of early work before taking his place outside the leader, Vienna Prince hit the front early in the straight but had a fight on his hands as his concentration began to wander.

He did however always look to have the upper hand and he was strong to the line looking to have plenty in hand despite a narrow margin.

“He was going to win a lot more easily,” reported in-form jockey Vlad Duric who rode a treble at the meeting – “but once he got to the front he had a good look around – he was checking out the trotters on the inside track!”

Michael Kent was well aware that Vienna Prince had not been making the most of his opportunities in his races, noting that “he hasn’t been showing on race day what he has been on the track at home.”

“He can go for a break now and we will discuss whether or not he remains a colt,” he said.

“He is a horse I have got a bit of time for,” he continued, confident that the son of Snitzel will be all the better ridden a bit more coldly.

Duric agreed – “I think he will appreciate a quieter ride but tonight was all about getting out there and winning his maiden.”

Raced by Dr Soong Chua, Dr Shane Blackmore, Dr James Canty, Dr Daniel Goldbloom, Tom Addison, Dr Brian Litherland, Dr Andrew Simm, Dr Gerald Quan, Jeremy Bostock and Dr Anthony Barnes, Vienna Prince was a $100,000 Easter yearling.

Boasting an interesting pedigree with a duplication of his own fourth dam South Ocean – dam of Storm Bird – he is out of the More Than Ready mare Come Away With Me.