Prince Cheri breaks 1570-day drought



By Ray Thomas- Daily Telegraph

PRINCE Cheri snapped a losing sequence that stretched more than four years when he won the Listed $150,000 Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Monday. A brilliant Corey Brown ride drove nine-year-old Prince Cheri to a narrow win, providing trainer John O’Shea with his first stakes winner since he left the Godolphin ­stables in May.

O’Shea acknowledged the well-judged ride by Brown as the contributing factor to Prince Cheri scoring his first win in 1570 days. “Prince Cheri was crying out for that ride, where you can hold him up for as long as you can,’’ O’Shea told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“The horse has a great turn of foot for about 200m but you can’t flush him out too early. “There is none better than C. Brown to do that. I’m very appreciative of Corey’s ride.’’

In an exciting finish, Prince Cheri ($6) ran down Vassal ($3.80) to win by a half length. Another nine-year-old, Destiny’s Kiss ($12), ran on late for third a length away. Favourite Broadside ($2.05) tried to lead throughout but was under pressure from the top of the straight and finished fourth.

Jockey Corey Brown returns to scale after Prince Cheri’s long overdue win. Picture: AAP
Brown, who rode five Group 1 winners last year, including the Melbourne Cup on Rekindling, has carried that form into the New Year with his win on Prince Cheri. “John (O’Shea) said last start they may have gone too soon on him, where today I just bided my time,’’ Brown said. “He didn’t win by a big margin but he really let rip when I let him go. He is a gem to ride.’’

Prince Cheri had not won a race since taking out the Kingston Town Stakes in September, 2013, but an injury did keep him off the track for more than 18 months. O’Shea only took over the training of Prince Cheri this season and the nine-year-old seems to be racing with new enthusiasm this summer.

Jockey Corey Brown (right) guides home Prince Cheri to win the Tattersalls Club Cup. Picture: AAP
“Prince Cheri has a wonderful demeanour and is by the German stallion Lando, and in Europe the breed race until they are eight or nine,’’ O’Shea said. “The way he goes about his work at the stable is indicative of that.’’




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