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Igraine became the 11th New Zealand-trained Caloundra Cup winner since 1985 on Saturday with Robert Priscott’s mare thriving on a mud Sunshine Coast track in the winter feature.
Originally over to target the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm, things didn’t quite go to plan for the German-bred daughter of Galileo.
Te Awamutu-based horseman Priscott raced her three times in Brisbane for a Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) second, Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) third and then the luckless Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) 12th on June 8.
She more than atoned with a barnstorming performance in the Listed $175,000 Caloundra Cup (2400m) however, the six-year-old taking out a nice consolation prize with the Heavy (10) track suiting her to a tee.
Continuing her excellent strike-rate on wet tracks, Igraine was ridden to victory by South African Robbie Fradd.
“I was on the right filly,” Fradd said post-victory.
“A German-bred filly, they flourish on this ground.
“She gets through it no problem. She was doing her best work late funnily enough.
“She just travelled good the whole way. I hit a few of those patches, she never faulted, she just got through them so well.”
Fradd had her switched off and travelling well in a midfield position throughout as the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained So You Think mare Sopressa led the field around.
Sopressa held front-running onto the home straight before Igraine chimed in down the outside, racing up and grabbing the lead.
She finished two lengths ahead of a gallant Sopressa, while local Paul Jenkins-trained Tavistock mare Travistee rounded out the Caloundra Cup trifecta in third.
“She won very well today. She enjoys that ground,” Priscott said after the race.
“He [Fradd] gave her a lovely ride and she won well.”
Priscott confirmed likely plans to press on with the Caloundra Cup winner Igraine to head south for a shot at the Listed $160,000 Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 11 before she heads to the breeding barn in New South Wales.
2019 Caloundra Cup Results: Finishing Order
|1||5||IGRAINE (GER)||Robert Priscott||Robbie Fradd||–||4||54kg||$4.20|
|2||6||SOPRESSA||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Matthew McGillivray||2.25L||1||54kg||$11|
|3||10||TRAVISTEE (NZ)||Paul Jenkins||Ron Stewart||3.5L||12||54kg||$6.50|
|4||2||EXOTERIC (GB)||Chris Waller||Ryan Maloney||4.25L||7||57kg||$26|
|5||4||SAUNTER BOY (FR)||Kris Lees||Jeff Lloyd||4.55L||8||55kg||$6|
|6||1||BIG DUKE (IRE)||Kris Lees||Larry Cassidy||4.85L||2||60.5kg||$3F|
|7||3||CASTERTON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brad Stewart||5.15L||9||55.5kg||$20|
|8||11||TERRA SANCTA (NZ)||Tony Pike||Jim Byrne||5.65L||10||54kg||$16|
|9||7||MASTER ZEPHYR (GB)||Tony Haydon||Glen Boss||6.4L||5||54kg||$26|
|10||14||GALAXY GURU||Paul H Duncan||Mark Du Plessis||6.7L||11||54kg||$51|
|11||12||MYMMING||Stuart Kendrick||Micheal Hellyer||8.7L||6||54kg||$101|
|12||13||TUCANO (IRE)||Tony Haydon||Luke Tarrant||27.45L||3||54kg||$101|
|–||15||HEART OF TOORAK||David Scanes||Ron Stewart||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||MAZAZ (IRE)||Chris Waller||Tegan Harrison||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||RUBY GURU (NZ)||Michael Nolan||Dale Smith||–||0||–||–|
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