6 January 2019
SIR PRIZE was the stable’s tenth runner of 2019 and he made it win number three, when winning at Kempton last night in a 1m4f handicap under Robert Winston.
Having just his fifth career win, the 4yo son of 2006 Derby winner, Sir Percy, went off at 20/1, having been backed down from much bigger odds earlier in the day. Drawn 14, he was held up early on but made headway in the back straight. Caught wider than perhaps idea on the final bend, he had plenty left to come from behind and win by half a length from one of the joint-favourites, Double Legend.
the lightly-raced Sir Prize has had his problems and did not make his debut until last September as a three-year-old. However, he co 115,000 guineas at Tattersalls as a yearling and has the breeding to make a nice horse, being he second foal out of winning mare and a half-brother to a US stakes winner. Given that four of the first five home were up with the pace and that he had to come wide, there should be more to come from the Michael and Heather Yarrow-owned gelding.
The win continued the fabulous start to the New year for Harper Lodge Farm following Swiss Chime’s win on New Year’s Day and then Tropics’ success two days later, proving that at eleven, the veteran sprinter is still in love with the game and has plenty to offer.
The win of Sir Prize means the yard currently has a very healthy 30% wins/runs strike rate. Last year, the stable had four winners in January. With just six days gone and three wins on the board already, the yard is on target to match that start.
While owners and trainer have been rewarded with their patience, Dean must be doubly pleased as he trains the half-brother to Sir Prize, Alkusar for father Ken Ivory!