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Date: 31 May 2024

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Given a lovely trip by jockey Aaron Kuru, Prismatic (5 g Savabeel – Kaleidoscope, by Pins) won the A$35,000 Eric Musgrove Racing Maiden Hurdle (3200m) on 30 May at Hamilton (Victoria).

At his previous outing, Prismatic ran on well from beyond midfield for sixth in the Benchmark 70 2080 metres on 24 May at Cranbourne, and appeared to have things in his favour returning to jumps' racing. He finished fourth at his sole hurdle start earlier in season at Hastings, and had a good record around 3200 metres having finished second over 3000 metres and fifth in the New Zealand Cup (Gr. 3, 3200m) during Cup Week (last November) at Riccarton.

Added to that, he had the services of former New Zealand Champion Jumps' Jockey of the Year Aaron Kuru who, a month ago, guided stable-mate Leaderboard (Street Cry) to victory in the A$50,000 Maiden Hurdle (3200m) on the first day of the Warrnambool Carnival in Victoria.

Kuru had Prismatic purring along ominously behind the two leaders throughout the contest, came closer turning for home, levelled with the leader mid-straight, and ended up winning easily after second favourite Irish Butterfly (O’Reilly) unfortunately blundered the last hurdle.

“It was a great win today,” said trainer Mark Walker. “It’s such a head start when you’ve got Aaron Kuru in the saddle. He’s just a genius rider and gifted horseman.

“So, it was really thrilling to see him win the way he did. He’d just lost his way on the flat a little bit, but I wouldn’t say he’s finished on the flat by any means. But sometimes these horses need a bit of a wake up and we find that jumps racing can be brilliant in helping to turn their form around.

“Ben (Gleeson) at the team at our stables in Cranbourne had him really fit and well for the assignment, because he’s been doing a bit of racing, and we expect he can win more races. 

“He could be an ideal horse for the Warrnambool jumping carnival next season.”

Hotly supported in betting, Prismatic returned $1.60 on the NZ TAB tote, after running the two-miles in 3.37.7 on Soft5 footing.

Owned by the Te Akau Prismatic Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), he was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $240,000 at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Rich Hill Stud. 

A winner earlier in the season over 1600 metres at Matamata, Prismatic had previously won three races on the flat to 2200 metres, and the additional nine seconds and five third indicate his endeavour and genuine attributes for racing. 

By eight-time Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel), Prismatic is from the family of 2000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) and dual Group One winner Xtravagant (Pentire), who was also purchased by Ellis and now stands at stud in Australia. 

From a Pins (Snippets) mare, Prismatic is bred on the same cross as retired stable star and dual Horse of the Year Probabeel, who made history winning the Karaka Millions at two and three years of age and became a quadruple Group One winner. 

“He was freshened to win over a mile after having a hurdle start here (NZ) last year and he’s a very fit horse, racing consistently since he’s been in Australia,” Ellis said. 

“He was runner-up three times, consecutively, before winning his Maiden over 2200 metres and he’s continued to improve as he’s developed.

“Not all horses are two-year-old types and its horses like Prismatic, who are genuine and show consistency, that get the job done once they’ve matured.”

Prismatic was strapped by Emma Wilson.


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