Costing 115,00 guineas as a yearling, the Sir Percy 4yo was having only his seventh ever race but he’s making steady progress. Yesterday, he was one of eight runners in the mile and a half handicap for 3yos and upwards, rated 0-70 and he went off the 3/1 second favourite.
Held up at the back of affairs by Robert, Sir Prize didn’t look to being travelling and well four furlongs from home and coaked along. However, still in contention over two out, he made good progress on the outside to chase the favourite, Wanaasah over one furlong out and went to lead some 150 yards from home. He stayed on well to be a comfortable winner for owners Michael & Heather Yarrow.
Sir Prize cost 115,000 guineas as a yearling at Tattersalls and has always been a nice individual but he’s been a late maturing sort who didn’t make his debut until less than a year ago as a three-year-old. He won his first race at Kempton early in January over 1m4f and then doubled up at the course over 1m3f 18 days later. After coming fourth at the track in February, he needed time off and clearly the break has done him the power of good. He’ll probably go up four or five pounds but there should be more to come from this improving, progressive four-year-old.
This was the seventh win for Harper Lodge Farm this month and the 35th this year. All being well, the yard is on target for its best ever season in terms of wins with just five to go to surpass the joint-record number of wins, 39, achieved in 2013 and last year.