Princess Jenni has made an appearance at a midweek Sandown meeting with trainer David Brideoake taking the opportunity to give the Group One Australasian Oaks winner a raceday gallop.
Princess Jenni is nearing her spring racing return and Brideoake galloped the four-year-old mare with new stable acquisition and fellow spring carnival hopeful The Real Beel before the opening race on Wednesday.
After sitting off former New Zealand mare The Real Beel, Princess Jenni, ridden by Damien Oliver, joined her stablemate at the top of the straight and they worked to the line together.
“I thought that was a very good gallop,” Brideoake said.
“They are both really good quality horses and that was just an ideal situation to be able to work here at Sandown and work them together.
“They are very close to being ready and today was a bit of a test because they have both had one trial at Cranbourne.
“Princess Jenni is fairly clean-winded and she won’t need another trial. And the other one, we’ll just see how the next week goes.
“She may have another trial.”
Brideoake plans to run Princess Jenni first-up in the Group Two Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 14.
He is only planning a fairly light spring for the four-year-old, with her main target the Group One Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares at Flemington on November 2.
“She’s a very nice horse and as time goes by she’s furnishing into a pretty big, strong mare,” he said.
“A bit of time and a patient spring will be very much her friend.”
Brideoake said Waikato Stud-owned The Real Beel had been with his stable for about eight weeks.
“She has had a stakes placing in New Zealand and I couldn’t be happier with her,” he said.
“She’s a sharp Savabeel mare and she’s here to see how the spring pans out for her.”
He said The Real Beel could also be an Empire Rose Stakes candidate.