Plans are in place for the talented mare Sensible Princess to add to her family’s roll of honour.
She made excellent progress during her last preparation when she won races at Wanganui, Otaki, Awapuni and at New Plymouth before she beat Francaletta and Coldplay in the Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe.
Auret said the emergence of the daughter of Street Sense didn’t surprise him.
“She’s always looked pretty classy so she’s been doing what we’ve thought she was capable of. She’s back in work and coming along nicely for the autumn.”
Auret has set his sights on taking Sensible Princess, who has fashioned the smart record of six wins from her 10 appearances, to another level with a Group 1 feature top of his wish list.
“We’ll hopefully be heading toward the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha,” he said.
Auret and breeder-owner John Bromley have also enjoyed recent black type success with Sensible Princess’ half-sister Darscape Princess, winner of the Listed Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m).
Meanwhile, their stablemate Alinko Prince is another on a path toward a Group 1 target.
“All going well, we’ll be having a crack at the Auckland Cup with him,” Auret said.
The winner of six races, the strapping son of Alamosa ran third in the Group 3 Manawatu Cup (2100m) and filled a similar placing in the Group 2 Wellington Cup (3200m).
“The race at Trentham really wasn’t run to suit him,” Auret said. “I’ve never seen him race so fiercely before and he boxed on well, he needs his races to be run at a good clip.”