The well bred 3yo colt by Medaglia D’Oro, Crown Prosecutor, carried part-owner Lib Petagna’s colours to a special win in the Gr. 3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes at Otaki. In the same JML Bloodstock colours, Lucia Valentina won this race five years ago. Like Crown Prosecutor, she was trained by Stephen Marsh at Cambridge.
In contrast to his fast-finishing placings in his previous two starts, Crown Prosecutor was sent to the lead today by rider Jason Waddell. He dictated terms throughout the 1600-metre feature and still had plenty of petrol in the tank to allow him to hold on for a strong victory.
“It was a great ride to go straight to the front with the blinkers on today,” Marsh’s racing manager Todd Pollard said. “He’s come out and led and has just kept going. He’s a lovely colt, he’s got a great physique.”
BPB bought Crown Prosecutor for A$50,000 at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne yearling sale. Raced by JML Bloodstock in partnership with Harvey Green’s Huntingdale Lodge, the colt has now had four starts for a win, two placings and $42,625 in prize-money. He heads to the paddock for a short break before targeting the Group 1 Levin Stakes at Wellington on 12 January.