Horse Racing

One step forward for Princess Ava

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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FOLLOWING Princess Ava's 2 -length win in a maiden condition race over a mile (1,600m) on Wednesday, trainer Anthony Nunes said he is hoping that his bay filly will progress to be a Classic runner.

Princess Ava is nicely bred and we are hoping that she will be a Classic filly, but obviously she will have to improve after this performance to run against the likes of Corazon and other top-rated fillies — but it is one step at a time. She has moved now from her maiden status and she needs to make more progressive steps going forward,” Nunes said.

Bred by Mine Over Matter out of the Natural Selection mare Exotic Selection, Princess Ava ran rivals off their hoofs to get home on her second attempt at the races, and in a reasonable time of 1:41.1 for the distance.

Princess Ava broke on top at the start of the race but Sebastian (Oneil Mullings) shot to the lead over Super Amia (Romario Spencer), with Princess Ava taking a back seat in third.

Motoring by the five-furlong (1,000m) marker, Princess Ava picked up the lead and began to open up over Sebastian and King Tavari (Simon Husbands).

Coming into the lane and looking strong, Princess Ava found extra inside the final furlong to last home comfortably after Crimson (Dane Nelson) made a strong run in deep stretch for second money with King Tavari finishing third.

“Not bad. The performance was not bad; I mean, jumping from a five-straight to a mile and we only gave her a one work — but that is good enough for where she is right now.

“As for her next race, we see what there is. There is a non-winner of two or maybe the Guineas Trials in March but we will see, as we have time,” Nunes informed.

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