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Prom Queen captures home town limelight in Breeders Stakes
18 Sep 2017

Prom Queen knows how to capture the limelight.

She did it again on her home track of Ruakaka on Saturday for her enthusiastic group of local owners like she's done six times previously.

The diminutive filly by Super Easy is the apple of trainer Kenny Rae's eye and he's willing to bet she's got plenty more to offer.

Rae trains the flying machine in partnership with his wife Lisa and daughter Krystel Williams and she was ridden to perfection by Alysha Collett in her Group III Northland Breeders Stakes win

Collett had her cruising along outside the pacemaker Not Usual Heart and while her main opposition tried to make ground, Prom Queen was off and gone.

The Tony Pike-trained pair Aim Smart and Felton Road were second and third respectively with the third horse the hard luck story.

Jockey Leith Innes settled Felton Road last, and on a day when on speed was the place to be, he was running into traffic problems as he tried to lodge his challenge.

There will plenty more to come from the placed horses but all honours were with the winner who boosted her earnings beyond $150,000.

It is a great return on a horse Rae, also a part-owner, took on lease sight unseen as a yearling from breeding farm Windsor Park Stud and called on a few enthusiasts to take racing shares.

"She's a freak of a horse," Rae said. "She's got the attitude."

Rae hopes her latest win will silence the knockers who question what the brave galloper has done.

"They say she won't go further or do this and that," he said. "How many times does a horse have to win to prove herself."

Rae and his owners are proud of their girl.

"What other people think I don't really care," he said.

They will chase the ultimate goal for a 3-year-old filly, the 1,000 Guineas at Riccarton in November with an attractive $300,000 stake as her main immediate goal.