Prince MdunjanePrince MdunjaneAlthough Prince has only been with us three years, he is as gifted as they come, and joined the ranks of our “speed” riders within eighteen months of his arrival. There are just a handful of fellows capable of managing the quicker work, and Prince is one of them, as he comfortably makes the transition from “educator” to jockey. Not that this latter attribute would’ve helped him at this point in his judgment, simply because we’re not asking the horses to run along at all until a week or so before the gallops in October.

regal runnerRegal RunnerPrince has already forged a reputation as the regular rider last year of the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.3) heroine, Mzwilili, and it’s little surprise then that he’s chosen the half sister to another of this season’s juvenile Stakes winners, Regal Runner, as his choice of the fillies. She is by National Emblem out of the Champion Juvenile, Ring the Changes, and as such she is not only a sister to the Stormbird Stakes ace, but also to the Gr 1 performer and multiple Stakes winner, River Plate.

His choice of the colts is the son of the high quality American stallion, Labeeb, who got off to such an excellent start with more than 10% Stakes winners to foals during his sojourn in the United States. This one comes from the National Assembly mare, Proud & True, which belongs to our old friend and great Summerhill supporter, Bruce Gardner, present Chairman of the Racing Association. Prince is, incidentally, one of those currently earmarked for our next scholarship to Derrinstown Stud in Ireland, and he will be leaving in January 2008 for the ride of his life.

bruce gardnerBruce GardnerIn case you’ve missed something, the significance of a 10% Stakes winners to foals ratio is that it is the benchmark by which great stallions are measured and since Labeeb did not get the best opportunities in the States (he was a “grass” horse in a “dirty” country,) it speaks volumes for his prospects here with his first,and lamentably penultimate crop.