Princess Jenni Captures Bendigo Cup in a Thriller

Mark Smith - Wednesday October 28

If punters were looking for a lead from the betting ring for the import Pondus in Wednesdays $400,000 Group III Apiam Bendigo Cup (2400m), they received it in spades. However, what could go wrong did go wrong for the son of Sea The Moon who fell just short of catching the High Chaparral (IRE) mare, Princess Jenni.

Princess Jenni holds off the fast-finishing Pondus (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Ridden by Jye McNeil for trainer David Brideoake, Princess Jenni received a charmed run just off the speed. Set alight just before the turn, Princess Jenni took the lead halfway down the straight and was not for catching.

By contrast, Pondus was caught wide from his outside barrier. When Damian Lane was looking for some cover on the Joseph O’Brien import, he had to swerve to miss Super Girl who broke down.

Forced the widest on the turn, Pondus charged home but fell a short-head short with a further two lengths back to Haky (IRE) (Muhtathir) in third.

Princess Jenni snapped a run of outs that date back to Group II Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley in September last year, however, her trainer believes the results did not accurately reflect how week she was going.


uo;She is such a good horse. This preparation she has done nothing wrong she has a series of (bad) gates and bits and pieces that didn’t allow us to get a result, Brideoake said

“He (owner Tony Ottobre) will be thrilled. He puts his money in and buys nice horses and has had good success.

Brideoake said the Group 1 Matriarch Stakes is the immediate goal and added they ran out of time in trying to get her ready for the Melbourne Cup.

“We just didn’t get enough mile and a half work into her, but there’s always next year.

“She is such a good horse. I knew she was in good shape, and the ride was outstanding.”

Purchased by Tony Ottobre for $120,000 from the Phoenix Park draft at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Princess Jenni advances her record to six wins, one second and a third from 19 starts with earnings of $976,035.

A $120,000 Karaka yearling Princess Jenni has banked just under $1 million

She is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the 5-time winning Zabeel mare Glitzabeel.

Glitzabeel’s dam Glitter Woman (Fusaichi Pegasus) is a daughter of the Group II Magic Night Stakes winner Precious Glitter (Danehill) a half-sister to the Group III Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner and multiple Group 1 placed Beauty Watch.

Beauty Watch is the dam of the Group II ATC JRA Plate winner Top Of My List, who like Princess Jenni, is a daughter of High Chaparral (IRE).

Yulong purchased Glitzabeel out of the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

Not in foal at the time of sale, Glitzabeel has a 2yo filly by Power (GB) and a yearling filly by Turn Me Loose.


Race Result - Apiam Bendigo Cup Gr3 2400m

Bendigo Track: Good(4) Time: 2:29.32
Princess Jenni
T: D R Brideoake J: Jye McNeil 56.5
5m High Chaparral (IRE) x Glitzabeel (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
High Chaparral
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: Mr A Ottobre
T: Joseph O'Brien J: Damian Lane 59
5g Sea The Moon (GER) x Diablerette (GB) (Green Desert (USA))
T: Archie Alexander J: Jamie Kah 59
7g Muhtathir (GB) x Marah Dubai (FR) (Dubawi (IRE))
Saracen Knight
T: D T O'Brien J: D Oliver 55
6g Camelot (GB) x Za'hara (IRE) (Raven's Pass (USA))
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: W Pike 58
4g Savabeel (AUS) x Polish Princess (GB) (Polish Precedent (USA))
Realm Of Flowers
T: A & S Freedman J: W Egan 55
4m So You Think (NZ) x Astral Flower (GB) (Kalanisi (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: James Bester Bloodstock
Good Idea
T: P Stokes J: Michael Poy 55
6g So You Think (NZ) x Faint Perfume (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
Red Alto
T: Brent Stanley J: Dean Holland 55
8g High Chaparral (IRE) x La Sangre (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Bloodstock Sale-Select Weanlings $28,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains
B: William Inglis As Agent
Jack Regan
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: Zac Spain 55
6g Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) x Chelsey Jayne (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))
T: C J Waller J: M J Walker 55
5g Raven's Pass (USA) x Masiyma (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE))
T: M & L Cerchi J: Patrick Moloney 55
8g Galileo (IRE) x Midday (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB))
Lofty Heights
T: Julius Sandhu J: H Coffey 55
6g High Chaparral (IRE) x Nobentleyforme (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $145,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: John Allen 57.5
6g Camelot (GB) x Acquainted (GB) (Shamardal (USA))
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: M J Dee 58.5
7g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Ideal (GB) (Galileo (IRE))
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