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Prince Cheri Connections Hoping To Reign At Exciting Scone Cup Meeting
David Vandyke says that talented import Prince Cheri (Lando-Princess Cheri, by Mondrian) has recovered from the back injury that hampered his autumn carnival campaign and is ready to produce his best in today's $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m), reports sportsnews.com.au. Despite being in less than peak physical condition, the 6YO French-bred entire managed to turn in creditable performances in both his starts in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes behind Boban and the Gr3 Sky High Stakes behind Entirely Platinum, beaten just 3-lengths in both races. "He had an issue, we've managed him through it and he's good now," Vandyke said. "In the Sky High he sweated up and looked a bit agitated before the race and whether it [injury] happened in the run or before I don't know but he seemed fine going into that race. But he certainly came out of it with a back complaint." Prince Cheri has carried a mini-boom ever since making a winning Australian debut at Canterbury in March last year. He was then spelled before returning with two wins in his first three starts last spring, including a victory in the Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes that earned him favouritism for the Gr1 Metropolitan in which he finished sixth. "I think on his best form he will be hard to beat at Scone," Vandyke said. The Scone Cup Carnival is the richest country racing carnival in Australia boasting almost $2 million in prize-money over the two days. There are six stakes events over the two days including the Dark Jewel Classic for fillies and mares which will be run at Gr3 level for the first time. The carnival will also feature the $400,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) which has attracted a quality field that includes exciting youngsters Chautauqua and Under The Louvre. To add to the excitement, if the Bjorn Baker-trained filly Twilight Royale can win the Guineas, she will collect a $2.4 million bonus for her connections. The Testa Rossa filly secured the first two legs of the Inglis Triple Crown series last season with victories in the Inglis Nursery and VRC Sires Produce Stakes.