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An easy trial winner prior to racing, Prince Kanto (5 g Tavistock – Guru Girl, by Ishiguru) cleared Maidens over 1400 metres on 17 November at Rotorua, like a horse with more in store.

Having stretched out to win easily over 1200 metres when trialling on 3 September at Te Teko, Prince Kanto was given time (48 days) after working hard on debut in the Maiden 1200 metres on 30 September at Tauranga, and made amends in dominant fashion.

Taken to the front by three-kilo claiming apprentice Eilish McCall, Prince Kanto travelled boldly on the bridle throughout, had his rivals doing their best at the 400m and he kept up a powerful gallop to score untouched by two and three-quarter lengths.

“He had a lovely draw (2) and with three-kilos off his back we were always going to be positive,” said co-trainer Pam Gerard.

“We thought the tight turning track should suit him. He’d worked up nicely and Eilish (McCall) knows him really well. She’d been galloping him in track work and he’d been going well for her, so we hoped she could rate him well in front, which she did, and we thought if good enough he’d be right in it.

“It was a little while between runs, but we expected the 1400 metres to really suit him and in time he’ll get up further in trip.”

Prince Kanto is bred and owned by Karen Remetis and Bryan Wentworth.

Overlooked in betting, Prince Kanto returned $26.30 & $4.90 on the NZ TAB tote after running the 1400 metres on Dead4 footing in a polished 1:23.1. The race was sponsored by Novara Park.

From a mare by versatile sire Ishiguru (Danzig), his dam, Guru Girl, was good enough to finish fourth as a three-year-old in the Eight Carat Classic (Gr. 2, 1600m), winning five times to 2100 metres. And although destined to get up in trip, Prince Kanto had shown enough zest at the trials to suggest competitiveness over lesser distances early in his career.

Also, the influence of Yamanin Vital (Sir Tristram) as grand-dam sire certainly lends itself to staying and, interestingly, Yamanin Vital is also the dam sire of Auckland Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m) winner Roger That (Shinko King), and a good strong staying family from White Robe Lodge.

Prince Kanto was strapped by Harri Singh.
[17 Nov 20]


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