Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Talented mare Prussian Vixen has struck twice in twelve-months for back-to-back wins in the G3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
And for the second year in a row, the margin was a short-head.
Prussian Vixen (5m King of Prussia - Miss Eileen by Lion Hunter) won at $12 last year and caused a $41 boilover on Saturday for owner-breeder Michael Mehegan who also trains her at Mornington. The second Bellmaine boosted her record to 7 wins in 27 starts for prizemoney of $411,540 including $47,600 in bonuses courtesy of VOBIS.
“She has done everything right this time in,” Mehegan said following the on-pace victory over Flippant (Hinchinbrook) and Petition (Foxwedge). “We were pretty confident. Her attitude has been good and her jump-out alongside Shoals last week was spot on.
“She needs to be managed carefully when hormones get the better of her. But there’s nothing we can do when she doesn’t want to race.”
Mehegan will target Mornington’s feature sprint with Prussian Vixen in the LR Hareeba Stakes (1200m) on March 24. She was narrowly beaten on home turf by Bassett last year.
“Her rating has shot up so we don’t have too many options - she probably deserves a crack at the G1 Oakleigh Plate with no weight on her back. And we would love to have another go at the G1 Robert Sangster at Morphettville in May.
“Prussian Vixen is the first foal of Miss Eileen who I got pretty cheaply as a young horse and she ended up winning three races for me. She was very fast but plagued with injury problems.
“I sent her to Laurie and John McCarthy at Greta West Stud to be covered by King of Prussia. I’ve always really liked King of Prussia due to his toughness and strike rate, plus I’ve built a great relationship with the McCarthy brothers.”
Miss Eileen had to be put down with a bad bout of colic last year so Mehegan and his partner Shannon will keep Prussian Vixen as a broodmare with a black-type pedigree.
King of Prussia (Anabaa) is in the twilight of his career at Greta West after building a 55% winners to runners strike-rate. “We purchased King of Prussia off the track and he made back his money in the first season,” McCarthy recalled. “He doesn’t get many mares these days but can still get a winner and he will live out his days here on the farm.”