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    PRINCESS THE QUEEN OF MENANGLE PRINCESS THE QUEEN OF MENANGLE
    THERE are few sights more stirring than two great horses going head-to-head in a battle royale. And that was the case in the Group... PRINCESS THE QUEEN OF MENANGLE
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    ALLWOOD STUD 2020

    THERE are few sights more stirring than two great horses going head-to-head in a battle royale.

    And that was the case in the Group One Macarthur Square Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park at Club Menangle tonight when champion pair A Piccadilly Princess (Natalie Rasmussen) and Frith (Luke McCarthy) fought out a thrilling finish to this elite mares’ sprint.

    At the end A Piccadilly Princess stuck out her nose right on the line to beat the gallant Frith by a nose, with the winner rating 1:50.4 for the mile.

    Racegoers knew they were in for something special when the pair cleared out from their rivals on the home turn and settled down for a soul-stirring run to the line.

    Blake Fitzpatrick brought Bettorthenspecial with a strong finish to grab third but all honours were with the first two horses as A Piccadilly Princess’ earnings soared above the half-million dollar mark with her win.

    “She’s such a terrific little horse, there’s not much of her but she tries her heart out,” said leading reinswoman Natalie Rasmussen who took the reins for the Mark Purdon stables she co-runs with the ace New Zealand mentor.

    “My horse always gives you everything she’s got but I have to give a lot of credit to Frith as well, she never stopped trying – and they’re two great horses, that’s for sure.”

    A Piccadilly Princess’ win gave the stable the first two Group Ones of the night after their earlier win in the NSW Oaks with Partyon.

    . . . and the Purdon express rolled on – with some of their best prospects still to come.

     

    Michael Court

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