Prise De Fer Primed for Japan Trophy

Date: 25 Mar 2021

Prise De Fer Primed for Japan Trophy


Richard Edmunds of RaceForm (subscribe today) reports:


“I think he's gone the right way since that race, and he's heading into the Group Two this weekend in very good order.”


Prise Der Fer has been working well, going into Saturday's Gr. 2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy at Tauranga.

Three weeks after stepping down in class to make a welcome return to winning form, Prise De Fer is back in stakes company and shooting for his third black-type victory in Saturday's Gr. 2 Ultimate Mazda Japan Trophy at Tauranga.

The Savabeel gelding soared through the grades last season with five consecutive wins, culminating in the Gr. 2 Rich Hill Mile and Gr. 3 Taranaki Cup.

The latter turned out to be his last win for more than 12 months, but in between times he had placings behind superb stablemate Avantage in the Gr. 1 WFA Classic and Gr. 2 Foxbridge Plate, along with a runner-up finish behind Coventina Bay in the Gr. 3 J Swap Sprint, plus top-six efforts in the Gr. 1 New Zealand Stakes, Windsor Park Plate and Livamol Classic.

In his first non-black-type appearance since December 2019, Prise De Fer lined up in an open 1500-metre race on Derby Day at Ellerslie on March 7, carrying 61.5 kilograms to a gutsy victory over Beauty Star and Cha Siu Bao.

“It was a good, strong, confidence-boosting win over 1500 metres at Ellerslie last start,” trainer Jamie Richards said on Tuesday.

“He's going well, and he seems to be getting better as he gets deeper into his preparation. I think he's gone the right way since that race, and he's heading into the Group Two this weekend in very good order.

“We picked out this race because he won't get in too badly at the weights - certainly a lot better than he would if it was an open handicap. It looks like a really nice option for him, and we're looking forward to seeing how he goes this weekend.”

Bought for $100,000 at Karaka four years ago by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis, Prise De Fer has amassed $293,675 through a 20-start, seven-win career to date.

Richards is in no rush to make any further plans for the five-year-old.

“We're just taking it one race at a time at the moment and not getting too far ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We'll see how he goes this weekend and how he comes through it, then take it from there.”

Prise De Fer is one of a trio of Tauranga runners for Richards, alongside Secret Amour and Remington.

Niagara mare Secret Amour has shown bright promise with a win and three placings from six starts to date, most recently a barnstorming finish for a close second at Ellerslie on New Year's Day. The four-year-old placed in a trial at Cambridge last week.

“She's shown good ability in her short career so far, and I was really pleased with how she trialled the other day,” Richards said. “She's come back very well from her short break, and this 1200-metre race on Saturday is a nice way to start her off again.”

Remington was badly blocked in the straight when he finished a last-start seventh behind Packing Rockstar at Ellerslie on March 13.

“He's been going well without a lot of luck in his recent races,” Richards said. “He's done well since that last race, and with a bit of luck in the running, he can be a very solid each-way chance.”

Meanwhile, smart debut winner I Wish I Win scored a pleasing trial victory over 950 metres at Cambridge on Tuesday and is set to be late-nominated for next weekend's Gr. 1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes at Awapuni.

“He trialled well today and he's going well,” Richards said. “I think he's a pretty promising horse. We'll pay up for the Sires' Produce Stakes with him, and we'll see what happens.”

Bred and raced by Waikato Stud, I Wish I Win is by Savabeel out of the Pins mare Make a Wish.

I Wish I Win is a half-brother to the Australian Group Three winner and Queensland Oaks placegetter Another Dollar, while another close relative to the highly promising juvenile is his stakes-winning stablemate Savy Yong Blonk.

I Wish I Win is unbeaten in four competitive appearances. He won two trials in February, then scored a brilliant win in a maiden two-year-old race at Awapuni on March 6, followed by Tuesday's stylish trial win.


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