Prowess has produced a dominant display in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes going on to win by a staggering 3.3-lengths on the line.
The Roger James and Robert Wellwood training duo have presented her in terrific order, as Prowess proved far too good for the Australian three-year-old fillies over the 2000m.
She came from the Group 1 Bonecrusher Stakes at Pukekohe where she was too good at weight-for-age level against the older horses, and has now subsequently made it back-to-back Group 1 wins for the team.
Mark Zahra got an ideal position throughout the contest, sitting in behind the speed as the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained, Soul Choice, elected to bolt across and lead, leaving Prowess and Pavitra in stalking positions.
Turning for home the match race was on; Pavitra scooted clear momentarily, but Prowess was travelling beautifully tracking Pavitra every step of the way. Then when asked for an extended effort from Zahra, proceeded to put them away with relative ease.
That left a fight for the minor placings with Pavitra holding off Fireburn who got the nod in a photo with Pierosa who came home with a wet sail.
2023 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes Replay – Prowess
Roger James was elated with the win, describing this filly as one of the best he’s ever trained.
“I’ve thought it for a long time that she could be the best I’ve trained, said James.
“She is a superstar this filly. She is bloody good. She is an absolute gem. I’ve been the strapper this week, I was here before she was.
The team will send her back to New Zealand now, but who knows where they’ll end up with this classy filly.
“The world is her oyster, said James.
“Without being silly, there is a lot of money to be had as an older horse in Australia and she’s had quite a big season.
“She’s been to the South Island and back, she is still learning her game too. We’ll get home and enjoy what we’ve just seen now and we can make plans from there.
“She does things that I haven’t had another horse be able to do and I’ve been very blessed.”
Mark Zahra spoke about her form prior to the run being exceptional and although it took her some time to wind up, she settled beautifully in the run.
“It took a while to get me covered up but when she did she went to sleep, said Zahra.
“I had to wait for the two in front to kick before I could ease off their heels.
“It’s not easy to do that, two not bad horses kick and she was able to change gears and had them reeled in halfway down the straight and made a mess of them.
“Watching her replays, Roger (James) said that the only chink she’s got she gets a bit wayward in a bit of room.
“But once I got the whip over her and had a bit of focus I was able to sit up and enjoy the Group 1.”