Maiden Of The Week

Prowess (AUS)

Prowess (AUS)

2 f Proisir – Donna Marie by Don Eduardo

O: D & J Skipper, C Skipper, A Skipper & M Schlooz

T: Roger James and Robert Wellwood

S: NZB Karaka Sale Book 1, 2021, $230,000 V: Hallmark Stud Buyer P: Roger James and Robert Wellwood

W: Racehorse Owners Association 2YO, 1200m, Wanganui, April 30

The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained Prowess (2 f Proisir – Donna Marie by Don Eduardo) produced a display out of the ordinary when she demolished the opposition on debut in the Racehorse Owners Association 2YO (1200m) at Wanganui on Saturday.

Ridden by Bridget Grylls, the two-year-old filly was second away but soon crossed to the front and went clear from the top of the straight in emphatic fashion, finding top gear to give her rivals a galloping lesson, beating Duncan Creek (Super Easy) by nine lengths with a further one and three-quarter lengths back to Tivaci Princess (Tivaci) in third.

A $230,000 purchase out of the Hallmark Stud draft for her trainers at last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Sale Book 1, Prowess is the fourth foal to race out of the placed Don Eduardo (Zabeel) mare Donna Marie.

Her most notable sibling is her Listed-placed, winning half-sister Ajay Tee (Foxwedge), who finished third in the Canterbury Belle Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Riccarton. Prowess’s other siblings include the Singapore maiden winner Diamond Ring (Super Easy) and the placed Super Easy (Darci Brahma) filly Prima Donna.

Hallmark Stud also sold an El Roca (Fastnet Rock) colt out of Donna Marie for $48,000 at last year’s NZB Karaka National Weanling Sale, who was then passed in with a reserve of $100,000 at this year’s NZB Karaka National Yearling Sale. She was covered by Proisir (Choisir) last year. 

Rich Hill Stud stallion Proisir is enjoying a career-best season with his progeny on the track, with the stallion currently sitting fourth in the New Zealand sire premiership, aided by three stakes winners, including dual Group 1 winner Levante. 

Proisir will stand at Rich Hill for a fee of $17,500 (plus GST) in 2022.