No Soft Spring for Baker’s Royale Princess Series Hope

July 1, 2013

No Soft Spring for Baker’s Royale Princess Series Hope

While a $2.4 million bonus is on offer for Bjorn Baker’s Twilight Royale next year, the filly won’t be given an easy Sydney Spring Racing Carnival this time in with her trainer eyeing the lucrative Princess Series.

Twilight Royale

Twilight Royale will contest the Princess Series of races this Sydney Spring Carnival. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

Connections of the rising Testa Rossa three-year-old, a $45,000 yearling purchase, are in line for a huge pay day should she come back in 2014 and win the $200,000 Scone Cup (1600m) in May.

The bonus is in line with the Inglis sponsored race series, Twilight Royale having won both the Inglis Nursery Stakes on debut last year and the Inglis Premier in Mornington this February.

But it was her last start break through black type success in the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in early March that sees her eligible for the multi-million dollar pay day should she be next year’s Scone Cup winner.

Baker however is putting all that aside for now and focusing on getting Twilight Royale into the Group 1 winner’s circle this season.

“She is a really genuine filly and a genuine big race performer and I think she is under-rated,” he said.

“Everything she did in the autumn, she did on one preparation.

“She is tough and I think she will prove that in the spring.”

He’s looking at the traditional three-year-old fillies races in Sydney with the Princess Series on the agenda which culminates with the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 5.

“We won’t wrap her in cotton wool this spring,” Baker said.

“She will be set for the Princess Series which ends with the Flight Stakes.

Leading up the Flight Stakes the series encompasses three earlier fillies-only races.

The first is the $175,000 Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm in late August followed by two Randwick races with the $175,000 Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) on September 7 and the $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 21.

Baker also hinted at a possible shot at the lucrative $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens in mid-September.

“We have also paid the entry fee for the Golden Rose which gives us the option to go there as well,” he said.

“I think she is a Group One filly and she has a big spring ahead so we can’t worry about what might be in the autumn.”

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