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Oaks Target For Benfica Princess
The connections of talented filly Benfica Princess, a graduate of Rockhampton's Capricornia Yearling Sale, are hoping she can develop into a Queensland Oaks contender in the winter, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Bred by Mary-Lee Trivett's Banchory Thoroughbreds, Benfica Princess (Benfica-Made Of Dreams, by Made Of Gold) posted her third successive victory for trainer Kelly Doughty when storming home to win a Class 3 Plate (1500m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday. Former Gr1 winning jockey Gary Doughty, stable foreman for his wife Kelly, was most impressed by Saturday's stylish win. "For a three-year-old filly racing against all comers it was quite a special win," he said. "It is not easy to do what she did and to come from where she did in the field." He added: "I really think she will be better over further and believe she has the makings of a very good three-year-old who could later run a trip." By Aquis Farm stallion Benfica (Lonhro), Benfica Princess is a direct descendant of champion Australian mare Emancipation. Emancipation, a six-time Gr1 winner, has been just as influential off the track with her daughters and granddaughters producing numerous stakes performers including Gr1 winners Railings, Virage de Fortune and Rumya.