Top Go Racing two-year-old colt Prince Mambo sits second on the New Zealand Free Handicap for the 2013/14 season which were released yesterday.
Prince Mambo was alloctaed 57.5 kilos, just 1.5 kilos behind the top-rated Vespa and half a kilo ahead of Group 1 winning stable mate, O’Marilyn.
Prince Mambo showed his ability early last season, easily accounting for a good field of two-year-olds at Te Rapa in November, before running a very unlucky 7th in the Karaka Million, when a horse fell immediately in front of him. At his very next start he won the Listed Ford Slipper at Matamata before severe interference cost him again in the Group 1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes, when he was denied a run all of the way up the home straight.
He closed out his season by running 2nd in the Group 1 Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce, storming home after being held up at the 600 metres. This race indicated his ability as a three-year-old and suggested that distances of 1400 metres plus would be ideal for him in his classic season.
He has come back well this preparation and is a bigger and stronger horse, who trialled beautifully at Avondale on Tuesday. He will commence a spring campaign aimed at the Group 1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas next Staurday, when he contsests the Listed Nothland Breeders Stakes over 1200 metres at Ruakaka. He is likely to have two more runs after this, leading into the Two Thousand Guineas.
The plan is for him to have Derby preparation in the Autumn as he gives every indication of staying as a three-year-old and is related to previous New Zealand Derby winner, So Casual.