Well it hasn't taken big spending former coal miner Nathan Tinkler long to get among the spoils. The first big payday happening at Royal Randick in Sydney March 22 with the first New South Wales based group I race since equine influenza going Tinkler's way.
He was talked into buying smart 4-year-old entire Casino Prince back in January. And at Randwick in the Aus$300,000 Chipping Norton Stakes over a mile, the Anthony Cummings trained-Tinkler owned Casino Prince (Flying Spur--Lady Capel) repaid that faith but notching his first group I win, and that of Tinkler, too.
He is now a valuable stallion prospect.
Champion rider Damien Oliver rode Casino Prince beautifully, having him parked back in fifth and sixth spots coming to the home turn, then angling out and pushing the button at exactly the right time.
He launched his charge with the race favorite Tuesday Joy (Carnegie–Joie Denise), a fellow 4-year-old. They came out after the leaders--ageing warhorse Desert War and group I Stradbroke Handicap winner Sniper's Bullet (Bite The Bullet–Yallah Terrace). It was a grinding drive to the wire as all three fought past Desert War, who had led with a furlong to go.
But, in a three way go to the wire, Casino Prince prevailed, but Tuesday Joy, also a former group I winner, signaled there are major race wins around the corner with her game effort. “She had a few traffic problems once we straightened but once she got to the outside she really hit the line strongly ” said Nash Rawiller who rode Tuesday Joy.
Sniper's Bullet, ridden by Craig Williams, held tough for third.
Former U.S. galloper Honour In War, who was well supported into third favoritism, began what looked like a decisive move as they straightened up, only to have his momentum halted when he slipped and nearly fell two furlongs from home. He plugged home into ninth place from that point on but his run should be forgotten altogether. He was ridden by champion rider Darren Beadman, who came down from his stint in Hong Kong to ride him. “I went like traveling like the winner to being lucky to stay up and that was all in the space of a stride,” said a frustrated Beadman about Honour In War.
But all the plaudits were with Casino Prince, Oliver, and new kid on the block, Tinkler.
So far since January, Tinkler's launch into the Thoroughbred world has cost him $32 million. He has bought two farms, six stallion prospects, and 25 yearlings. And he hinted there was more buying in store with the massive Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale about to start Monday.
The overall time for the race run on a damp turf surface was 1.36.44, and they worked home the final three furlongs in :36.36.
Casino Prince has now won $744,900 from 20 starts.