Luciani Has A Proper Filly


Prim And Proper has stamped herself as a major contender for next month’s Group 2 Karrakatta Plate, following her win in the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1000m) at Ascot this afternoon.

The Alfred Nobel filly has already proven herself to be one of the consistent two-year-olds this season and got her just rewards in today’s $100,000 event.

Rio Del Mar closed the TABtouch favourite at $2.45 ahead of Prim And Proper ($3.40) as punters struggled to separate the seven horse field.

Drinkwhatyoulike set the speed early in the event, while the Fred Kersley-trained Is A Bombshell was slow away.

Jockey Jason Whiting was able to land in the perfect spot aboard Prim And Proper behind the leaders and was well placed on the turn for home.

Rio Del Mar was able to hit the front along the inside on straightening, as Whiting peeled out to make his run on Prim And Proper.

The pair produced a sterling battle down the straight and eventually the Lou Luciani-trained filly was able to wear the favourite and score by a half-head.

It was a fourth success in the race for Luciani, who won the race previously in 1987, 1988 and 1990.

Luciani said the filly still had plenty to learn, but was excited at what she could produce for the remainder of her two-year-old campaign.

“She’s got a few lurks, but she’s a tough little bugger,” he said.

“At the races she’s bombproof, but at home she’s probably what we refer to as a little witch.

“She’s a likeable little filly.

“We will see how she pulls up, but I’d say she’d go to the Gimcrack.”

The Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) will be run at Group 3 level on March 23.

Elsewhere at the Ascot meeting, jockey Clint Johnston-Porter pulled off a daring front running ride aboard Saxon Saxoff to take out the Crown Sports Bar Handicap (2400m).

It was Johnston-Porter’s first win on a Saturday since he made his return to riding earlier this year.

Meanwhile, leading jockey William Pike will miss the Gimcrack Stakes meeting, after he was suspended for eight meetings for his ride on So Si Bon in the Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.

It was a fair day in the saddle for Pike, as he made a rare trip to ride in Melbourne, where he finished fourth in both Group 1 races on the card.

WA filly Angelic Ruler continued her impressive east coast campaign, finishing second in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m).

Tim Walker




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