By Andrew Garvey, The Age
Imported galloper Our Voodoo Prince earned himself a tilt at some of the big spring races after overcoming difficulties to win the group 3 Easter Cup (2000 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained six-year-old had to overcome a slow start and then an interrupted run, prompting rider James Winks to predict a rosy spring carnival for Our Voodoo Prince (pictured).
”I reckon in the spring you might see him up at that start for the Caulfield Cup,” said Winks, nodding towards the top of the Caulfield straight.
Winks said his only concern before the race had been whether the slow track would take the zip out of Our Voodoo Prince’s legs.
That was never a worry, but after the slow start he needed plenty of luck to gain clear galloping room in the straight.
”I just closed my eyes and hoped James would find a gap for him,” said Waller’s foreman Justine Hales.
Winks had to veer right and then left to find room but once he saw daylight, Our Voodoo Prince quickly put the race away.
After getting a break inside the 150-metre mark, Our Voodoo Prince ($2.30 favourite) scored by three-quarters-of-a-length from Akzar ($5.50), who followed him into the race, with Stipulate ($17) a further 1½ lengths away in third place.
Hales said Our Voodoo Prince was likely to head for a spell now after being undefeated in his three Australian starts. ”I think Chris is going to save him for the spring,” she said. ”That’s why we brought him here today. It’s a good horse’s race.”