Viking Breaks Through
Jun 12, 2015
A horse who has always showed a fair bit at home, Viking Prince did not take long to break his maiden - the son of Magnus (pictured) racing away to an easy victory at Geelong on Friday.
Settling nicely behind the leaders, the promising three-year-old settled better with the addition of blinkers to his gear - travelling nicely having pulled on pace when having his first start at the same track ten days previously.
Hooked out early in the straight by Dale Smith, Viking Prince hit the lead with 150m to go and away he went - his 1 3/4 length win a soft one.
"He was pretty happy to take the sit today," Smith reported - "he was more settled today and they went hard which gave him a chance to get into a nice rhythm."
"He went on to win well, he did a good job - and he is still learning his trade."
Jade Matthews was pleased to see Viking Prince break through - "he did a bit wrong last time, he was field shy and he tried to run out from other horses after going out a bit too hard."
"We expected him to run really at his first start but first day jitters just got to him. But today with the blinkers on he seemed to be in a happy place and he relaxed nicely."
"Hopefully he keeps learning and keeps stepping up."
Raced by a big group led by his breeder Denis Malcolm, Viking Prince is out of the good producing mare Curvaceous Miss whose six winners include the metropolitan winners Dashing Miss and Emankay and the city placed Magic Curves and Baltic Spirit.
Served last year by Bel Esprit, Curvaceous Miss is a daughter of the South Australian Oaks winner Heavenly Body.