Astute trainer Tony Vasil was not backward in coming forward about the potential of Prince Harada (2c Haradasun x Potential Princess, by Elusive Quality) when he won on debut at Ballarat last month and after posting another easy win at Moonee Valley on Saturday we can see why.
Slowly away, Prince Harada settled last in the field of seven before gradually working his way around the field for Steven Arnold, accelerating impressively over the final furlong to reel in the leader Boer and take the 1200 metre dash by a length.
Vasil has a great insight into the colt having prepared his sire Haradasun to win the Group I AJC Doncaster Handicap and STC George Ryder Stakes before his sale to Coolmore and subsequent triumph at Royal Ascot in the Group I Queen Anne Stakes.
“I’ve been riding horses for 35 years, I’ve been riding some good ones. He’s just got that wow factor, he’s something special,” Vasil said.
“He’s seriously special. He has a massive action and he’s still as green as grass.
“You would not sit on a better mover and he showed that from day one.”
Vasil plans to give Prince Harada a break for the time being and will look towards the spring.
“I’m very conservative how I rate my horses, but potentially he’s one of the best I’ve had,” Vasil said.
“He did everything he could to get beaten. He walked out of the gates and tempo didn’t look too quick and the leader (Boer) had every chance to skip away.
“He’s just going to improve from run to run.”
Retained to race by his breeders, Prince Harada is the first foal of Potential Princess, who was a $300,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase, but started on just one occasion before retiring to stud.
A daughter of Elusive Quality, Potential Princess is a sister to stakes-placed Elusive King from the family of Group III winner Pure Theatre.
Former champion three year-old and Royal Ascot hero Haradasun made it a two state metropolitan double courtesy of the Star Thoroughbreds owned Masahiko (3g Haradasun x Saffie Darling, by Catrail), who scored a determined win at Rosehill.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Masahiko stripped rock hard fit at his third run back from a break and packed too many guns in the run to the line to win the Benchmark 76 event over 1500 metres by half a neck.
A $75,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Widden Stud draft, Masahiko has already recouped costs for his lucky owners with two wins and four placings from nine starts earning $106,090.
“Denise (Martin) does a great job with Star Thoroughbreds in bringing people into racing,” said stable representative Mark Newnham.
“Some of the owners in this horse have been in Whittington and Theseo, so they’ve been very successful customers.”
Masahiko is one of three winners from Saffie Darling, a half-sister by Catrail to HK champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom, a two time winner of the Group I HK International Sprint.
Prince Harada and Masahiko are promising winners for Haradasun, who stands this spring at the value fee of $8,800.