Prise De Fer Perfection - 3 Win Derby Day

Date: 6 Mar 2022

Prise De Fer Perfection - 3 Win Derby Day


Winner of the same event last year, Prise De Fer (6 g Savabeel - Foiled, by Snippets) prevailed under the top weight in the $70,000 Brokerweb Risk Services Open 1500 metres on Saturday at Ellerslie.

With the stable on fire - 19 wins in past 12 days - Prise De Fer provided an ideal start for Te Akau on Derby Day.

In recent times, Prise De Fer produced a solid sixth in the Zabeel Classic (Gr. 1, 2000m) on Boxing Day at Ellerslie, and wound up late for fifth in the Thorndon Mile (Gr. 1, 1600m) on 29 January at Trentham. Freshened, he lifted well for third over a sprint trip when trialling on 23 February at Pukekohe, and presented in relaxed order.

Ridden by stable apprentice Niranjan Parmar, who reduced the impost from 62kg to 59kg, Prise De Fer worked into a nice position and showed plenty of zest to charge home at the business end.

“I was pretty confident at the 400m that he was going to kick on,” Parmar said. “It's a pleasure to work for Te Akau and I really thank them for their support.

“I was born in India, and came over here a couple of years ago. I started race riding here about nine months ago and getting good support. My aim is to make owners happy.”

Before coming to New Zealand, Parmar rode in India, having his first ride in 2018 at Bangalore.

“He was the class horse of the field and was given a nice ride by Parmar,” said trainer Jamie Richards.

“We wanted to be positive and rode him like that in the trial. He's an older horse and probably not that genuine some days, but it's good to see him get some confidence and hopefully he can bounce on from it.”

Richards suggested Prise De Fer may target the $110,000 Japan Trophy (Gr. 2, 1600m) on 26 March at Tauranga. In the corresponding race last year, he was fifth in a blanket finish.

“My gut feeling is that his best days are behind him, but if we place him right and use the boys' claim, like that, we can still pick up some more prize money,” Richards added.

“Parmar is riding well. He got a couple of wins for us on Wednesday at Hastings. He's a young guy that's working hard, putting in plenty of hours, and we're happy to back him and support him.”

Of the stable-mates in the race, Aotea Lad (Savabeel) finished fourth and Perfect Scenario (Iffraaj) fifth.

“Perfect Scenario was probably outclassed a little bit and Aotea Lad got home well.” Richards said. “We'll try and find something a little bit easier for them next time.”

On Dead4 footing, Prise De Fer ran 1500 metres in 1:29.6, last 600m in 33.5, and paid $4.80 & $1.60 on NZ TAB tote.

Three times Group 1 second and a Group 2 Rich Hill Mile winner at 1600 metres, he was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $100,000, from the draft of Trelawney Stud, at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, and is owned by Te Akau En Guarde Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM). He has now won eight races and recorded seven second's, with $479,125 in prize money.

“It's so good to see him back in winning form,” Ellis said. “He tries so hard and has gone such good races in Group ones and I'm very pleased for his owners.

“I get a big thrill seeing our apprentices having this type of success. Currently, Joe (Kamaruddin) is the leading apprentice in New Zealand, and Parmar is also doing so well. It gives me a real charge to see all the young people in racing that work hard doing so well.

“These guys are the future of racing in New Zealand, and they're a big part of helping Te Akau work horses every morning. They're both champions.”

Prise de Fer was strapped by Sarah West.


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