An already outstanding rise to stardom for Highfield Princess grew to become but extra extraordinary Sept. 11 within the Al Basti Equiworld Flying 5 Stakes (G1), because the sensational mare pulverized her Curragh rivals to finish an unprecedented treble of worldwide group 1 sprints in simply 5 weeks.
Coach John Quinn hailed the star 5-year-old as “probably the greatest sprinting fillies on the planet” after his phenomenal improver grew to become the primary horse to win Sunday’s Dubai-backed prize, the Arc Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1), and the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) in the identical season.
Despatched off the 5-4 favourite, Highfield Princess wouldn’t have supplied her supporters with many moments of doubt via the quick and livid €400,000 race, touring with appreciable enthusiasm below common rider Jason Hart.
This 19-runner group 1 was successfully finished and dusted simply inside the ultimate furlong as she powered residence to complete 3 1/2 lengths away from Erosandpsyche , educated by Paddy Twomey, and Flotus , representing Simon and Ed Crisford.
“She’s an exceptional filly,” mentioned Tipperary native Quinn, who reveled in his first group 1 success on residence soil.
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“Somebody mentioned to me the day earlier than yesterday that she’s in all probability the most effective filly in Europe. I by no means mentioned something, as in racing you let the horse do the speaking, however to win three group 1s in France, England, and fantastic Eire is unbelievable. In a short while, too.”
Hart, who registered his first top-level strike aboard the identical mare at Deauville final month, believes the 12-time winner felt higher than ever earlier than on the thirtieth begin of her profession.
“I knew coming into the final two furlongs that she was giving me some really feel—that is the most effective feeling she’s truly given me all yr,” mentioned Hart.
“She’s gone from energy to energy. Three group 1s on the bounce takes a little bit of doing in comparatively fast succession as effectively. The boss, (her groom Satrijeet) Jhingree, and all of the lads at residence have finished a wonderful job of maintaining her on the prime of her sport.”
Highfield Princess and Jason Hart after profitable the Flying 5 Stakes on the Curragh
Proprietor John Fairely, landlord to the profitable coach, is having fun with the journey of a lifetime together with his Evening of Thunder mare, who lower than two years in the past recorded her first victory off a mark of 58 in a handicap value simply £5,593 at Ayr.
Victory on Longines Irish Champions Weekend means Highfield Princess has joined the likes of Dayjur, Black Caviar , Blue Level , and Muhaarar because the winner of three consecutive group 1 sprints.
A tilt on the Breeders’ Cup Turf Dash (G1T) is now firmly on the agenda, and Hart is worked up on the prospect of locking horns with U.S. ace Golden Pal . The Sept. 11 win within the Flying 5 grants Highfield Princess an automated berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Dash (G1T) held Championship weekend, Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland Racecourse.
He mentioned: “It could be good to go and tackle Golden Pal and see how we get on over there. She’s effectively on monitor to do it. She’s simply spectacular, actually.”
Quinn added: “If she’s okay, that would be the plan. Within the spring she was working effectively, and I mentioned to Sean (Quinn, assistant coach) that I would like to see her go round Keeneland—two bends over 5 and a half furlongs might go well with her. She will not go to France for the Abbaye. God almighty, she’s been in every single place.”