American Princess opens account in style16 Dec 2019

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman team looks to have another newfound talent on their hands following the smart debut by American Princess in the $30,000 Wentwood Grange (2yo) over 1200 metres on Saturday.

From barrier three, the daughter of Jimmy Choux was slow away but rider Danielle Johnson was able to settle the warm favourite in an ideal position before being popped the question halfway down the straight. Leader Jamieson’s Tipple started to run greenly and once Johnson pushed the button, the issue was quickly put beyond doubt scoring comprehensively by two and a quarter-length victory over Tokorangi (C. Lammas) with Tango Love (S. Weatherley) a neck back in third.

“I thought I was going to be in front, so had to go to plan B, which worked out quite well,” Danielle Johnson said.
“It’s nice to get a win for Murray and Andrew.”
“Her trial was pretty smart so we were going to be hard to beat today,” Johnson said.

American Princess winning time was 1:11.35 (last 600m in 34.93) on a Good3 track.

“She did that very well,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.
“It was a very smart ride from Danielle (Johnson).”
“She was slow away, but she didn’t panic. She knew the horse she got on the back of was going to cart her into the race. A very good ride and great to get the job done.”
“Co-owners Peter and Sue Cowley sent her to us and she’s been a brilliant little filly in the stable.”
“She’s very gutsy and only going to get better with more racing. I don’t think we’ll get too carried away. We’ll see how she pulls up.”
“She isn’t Karaka Million eligible so some of those late summer and autumn two-year-old races like the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes in February is a possible target,” Forsman added.

American Princess is the first foal of Stakes winner Steel Rose, who won the corresponding race back in 2013, before going on to win the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes and finishing second in the Group 2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.