Promising young sire Thewayyouare posted his first Southern Hemisphere stakes-winner when two-year-old colt Prince Mambo (2c Thewayyouare x Grace Park, by Danske) showed his true ability when taking out the Listed Reid & Harrison (1980) Limited Slipper over 1200 metres at Matamata in New Zealand on Saturday.
Given a text-book ride by Sam Spratt, Prince Mambo trailed the leaders throughout before unleashing a strong finishing burst to score by half a length from pacemaker Rockfast (2c Fastnet Rock x Gypsy Princess, by Sadler’s Wells).
“Prince Mambo has been unlucky at his last two outings,” winning trainer Stephen McKee said.
“He was three-wide the trip in first run back from a break at Ellerslie, and had no luck at all with the wet track and the fallen horse in the Karaka Million.
“I thought this was a nice race for him, as he goes a touch better racing left-handed.”
McKee indicated Prince Mambo would now be aimed at Group I assignments, with both the Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes (1200m) on March 8 at Ellerslie, and the Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes on March 29 at Awapuni as short-term targets.
“He’s an improving horse who appeals to me as a nice Guineas horse for next year,” McKee said.
Raced by the Go Racing My Way Syndicate, Prince Mambo was a $22,000 NZB Select Sale purchase from the Windsor Park draft and is the first stakes winner anywhere in the world for Group I winning Kingmambo sire Thewayyouare, whose oldest New Zealand bred progeny are two year-olds.
Prince Mambo is the first winner for stakes-winning Danske mare Grace Park.