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Expectations were high for the Prix De Turn from the very beginning of his racing career, but the eventual relegation helped the three-year-old secure a breakthrough victory.
Under the perfect guidance from Brian Higgins, the Prix De Turn ($2.80) took home Ladbrokes Mega Multi Plate (1500m) at Sandown on Wednesday, beating favorite Savonia $2.60 in three lengths with Man Of Heart ($5.50) in third.
After finishing second at Sandown in its debut, Prix De Turn got its second start in Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m)ranked seventh after Anamoe.
Prix De Turn finished the spring with eighth place in Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes in Flemington and kicked off its latest campaign, in Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) in Caulfield on 12 February.
Higgins said it was gratifying to finally win, adding that the three-year-old could be held back by being a pony.
“He showed us the whole world and while he was running in good races he was a bit frustrated at times,” Higgins told racing.com.
“Although he wasn’t overly convincing today, he was a bit reflective of that when he got there, but when I asked him for supreme effort, he went with it.
“I see him coming back and not being competitive when he has those things between his legs, and I think they’re going to get him better at some stage.”
“He’s got a lot of ability and I’ve had some good measuring stick riding work for (Peter) Moody and he’s the right horse,” Higgins said.
“It’s just a matter of whether those things between his legs let him down on a big occasion.
“It’s something for the team to work on.”
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