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Beaumont, Grafton previews: Princess ready to be crowned

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The multiple Group 1 winning trainer heads to Beaumont with a handful of chances including the somewhat enigmatic mare Princess Of Meydan.The daughter of Pride Of Dubai has raced nine times for a win and four seconds but could easily have won a few more but for the occasional misfire.The Form: Complete NSW Racing thoroughbred form, including video replays and all you need to know about every horse, jockey and trainer. Find a winner here!One such case came as recently as March 11 when she was an uncustomary ‘backmarker’ but strong late when clocking in third at Goulburn behind the flashy and handy Pretty Woman.“She got back the other day which surprised us because she has never done that before,” Smith said.“She is a little bit frustrating. She has got the ability there and if we can get her head in the right place, she can run well, but she hasn’t been that reliable, that’s all.“I’d love it if she would jump and be a bit handy on Tuesday. She showed good speed earlier in her career and on that track, being close is a better option than getting too far back.“If she turns up, she is well placed there for sure.”Smith is likewise hoping and hopeful that the ‘best’ Blue Jager will step off the float at Beaumont in time to take out the Horsepower Class 1 Handicap (1350m).There will be no better-bred horse in the race, or even at the track, than Blue Jager who is a mix of Not A Single Doubt and the Wakeful/VRC Oaks winning mare, Brazilian Pulse.Blue Jager was seemingly building up to a second career win but could only manage to beat three others home in a Canberra Class 1 at her most recent outing late last month.“She missed the start the other day down at Canberra and they went slow and it was very hard to make up ground,” Smith explained.“If she jumps well, she will run well. She will be hard to beat there from a good draw if she can get away alright.“She works a lot better than she has raced so hopefully she can out it all together.”Smith, meanwhile, saddles-up a couple of debutants in The Prince Of Merewether Maiden Handicap (1150m) namely Pacific Force and Parrying.Pacific Force wears the famous Hobartville Stud colours and traces on a direct line to Light Of Peace, the mother of the Hobartville bred Golden Slipper winner, Star Watch.“He is a bit green and a raw sort of horse but he is showing a bit of ability,” Smith said.“I think he will get it but it might take a run or two before the penny drops but certainly his work has been good.”Parrying may well be able to cash in on the usual ‘on pace’ favours that Beaumont often presents given his uncommon early speed.“He is a big horse and he gets out and he rolls along,” Smith said. “He trialled well that way at Gosford and he looks ready to go.”PROPHET TUNES UP FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALAll eyes will be on Colt Prosser’s Country Championship Finalist Little Prophet who has her final hit out at Grafton on Tuesday ahead of her crack at $600,000 at Royal Randwick on April 2.Prosser’s lightly-raced daughter of Divine Prophet secured her ticket to the big one after finishing a half-length second to Swamp Nation in the MCN Qualifier at Taree on February 20.On Tuesday, she will go around in the Andrew Graham Electrical Class 1 Handicap (1425m) with Cejay Graham warming the saddle for Darryl McLellan who will steer her at Headquarters on Saturday week.“I didn’t expect to get hit with ten benchmark points for running second (in the Heat) so I just had to make a couple of adjustments,” Prosser said.“She is still going to carry 60 kilos on Tuesday, I had a couple of benchmark 66’s picked out for her but she had 61 or 62 kilos in them so I decided to change a couple of little plans but it was only coming back one day so this will just top her off and then it’s 10-days into the Final.“The weather has been the biggest problem for us because I tried to give her five or six days in the paddock but after constant rain I had to go and get her in after two days.“She didn’t get the little break that I wanted but she has just poked along and has had a couple of nice gallops.”Little Prophet is clearly ready for her defining moment at what will be just her 11th outing in the Final, so too her trainer and her merry band of owners.“They are getting pretty excited,” Prosser said. “There are a few of them and they come from all over. There are a couple of guys from Melbourne and some guys from Armidale and some people from around home and a group of guys from Sydney.“I haven’t met half of them so hopefully we’ll meet up.“Everyone has got their invitation for the cocktail party, we’ve just got to get through Tuesday and we’ll be on our way.“The biggest query is the 60kg on her back but then she’ll get some nice weight relief in the Final down to 54kg.”

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