Tough Wauchope-trained sprinter Prince Mayted will break through the $200,000 prizemoney mark if he can win at Ballina today - not a bad a return on an original $2000 investment by his syndicate of owners.
"The syndicate of ten owners each threw in $200 at the start," said trainer Colt Prosser. "Most of the guys work on road crews, some at Wauchope and some at Foster. They've certainly had a lot of fun with him. He's won seven races so far and close to $200,000. I wish I'd thrown in $200 as well!"
Prince Mayted was bred by Tyler Connors and Brad Farrell, who formed the syndicate. They put their broodmare Beautiful Princess to the stallion May'haab, a son of Redoute's Choice who stands at Glenthorne Park near Taree.
Below: Prince Mayted (Belinda Hodder) scores in the Moree Town Plate. Image by - Bradley Photographers
"We also had Prince Mayted's full-brother Checkout Me Travla but he now races in North Queensland and is winning races up there now," said Prosser. Checkout Me Travla has won five of his last eight starts in the north.
Prince Mayted, who has so far won just over $189,000 in prizemoney, is chasing the eighth win of his career when he resumes in Monday's Keven Nipperess Hcp (1005). The race is named in honour of the popular and very successful Ballina trainer who passed away in July, 2015. In a training career spanning more than 50 years, Nipperess won countless races in the Northern Rivers region from his Ballina base.
The Ballina track is rated a heavy 9 and Prosser hopes there is further improvement: "He handles heavy tracks no problems but, considering he's first-up, I'd prefer if the track dried out a bit more," he said. "But he's a tough horse who never runs a bad race. The 1005m might a touch short, but I'm sure he'll race very well. And he always puts in first-up. He hasn't won first-up but all his fresh runs have been terrific."
Prince Mayted has been placed in all of his previous five first-up runs. Prosser and Prince Mayted headed off on their five-hour trip to Ballina on Sunday morning, but long hours on the highway is nothing new to the five-year-old. He has travelled far and wide in his career, winning at seven different tracks - Taree, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Grafton, Doomben, Moree and Coonabarabran.
Apprentice Mollie Partridge, who has built a fine association witih Prince Maytd, will claim a 1.5kg allowance, reducing the gelding's impost to 60.5kg.
"He's got his share of weight but he's earned it. Mollie rides him in his work and has also won three races on him, so she knows him very well," said Prosser.
Prosser said he rated Hydrazine, trained at Ballina by Stephen Lee, as the hardest to beat today: "Stephen Lee's horses are always hard to beat at Ballina and his horse has a fitness edge on mine, so he's going to be hard to beat. And on wet tracks, you've always go to respect those runners down in the weights," said Prosser.
Hydrazine goes into the Nipperess Hcp second-up after resuming for a second to Hide The Dragon at Grafton on March 7. A winner on the track, Hydrazine is also very effective on wet ground. Lee has booked 2kg-claiming apprentice Corey Bayliss to partner Hydrazine.