Prized Icon’s Great Return

Jan 28, 2018

NEWCASTLE: Sunday, January 28, 2018: KRIS Lees hailed Prized Icon’s debut for his stable at Rosehill Gardens yesterday as a “great return”.

But he is no closer to finalising an autumn goal for the dual Group 1 winner.

An easing $31 chance, Prized Icon (Glyn Schofield) was having his first start since failing on a heavy track in the Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm last May, when prepared at Randwick by James Cummings (now Godolphin’s head Australian trainer).

Prized Icon carried 60kg topweight yesterday and finished second (beaten less than a length) to Lanciato in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m).

He conceded the winner 7kg and Lees, understandably, was rapt with the performance.

He left Rosehill soon afterwards and flew to New Zealand to attend the annual Karaka yearling sales, which began today.

“It was a great return,” Lees said today from the sales.

“Importantly, the news from home today is that Prized Icon has pulled up well.

“At this stage, I’m not sure when and where his next run will be.

“I’ll check the horse when I get back midweek and then have a look at what’s available in the coming weeks.” Lees said Prized Icon will be entered for all the feature autumn races, and would be in a better position to determine a goal or goals after his second run.

“There are a lot of options coming up for a horse of his calibre,” he said.

Those options include the $3m Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on April 7.

Prized Icon, a four-year-old stallion by More Than Ready, as a two-year-old won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over the Doncaster route in April, 2016.

He has won from 1600m to the 2500m of the Group 1 Victoria Derby at Flemington, which he won in the spring of 2016.

Schofield has partnered Prized Icon in both his Group 1 successes, and recently won the Listed Gosford Gold Cup (2100m) on the horse’s stablemate Singing.

Prized Icon has now earned more than $1.8m from his 21 starts which have yielded three wins and 11 placings.

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