Post-Race Meeting Report - Saturday 5 May


Newcastle mare Princess Pattern’s gusty win in the final event at the Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday led to joyous scenes in a ward of the John Hunter Hospital. The four-year old’s win in the Benchmark 67 Handicap completed a double for the Paul Perry stable.

Perry’s daughter in law Christie, who was in The John Hunter Hospital after giving birth on Wednesday to her son Chase, owns Princess Pattern and earlier winner Reckless Knight. The latter was a $21 chance in the 900 metre Maiden Handicap and he ran down the two favourites, Ten Carat and Olifants to win by a length. Princess Pattern once again confirmed her liking for the soft track when she stormed home down the outside fence to win by a short head.

Nathan Perry, foreman for his father and husband of Christie said on Sunday, that his wife was over the moon. “Christie and two of our children watched the races on her phone at The John Hunter Hospital. She is an excitable owner and I believe between the three of them, the cheering was pretty loud. A nurse came in to the room to see what all the noise was about. It was a great week for the family. The stable had two winners at Wyong on Thursday, another double yesterday and the birth of our son on Wednesday. She has won nearly $90,000 on the racetrack. Christie is due home tomorrow with the baby” Perry said.

Sydney colt Sokudo may head to Brisbane for next month’s Group 1 JJ Atkins after the effortless win in Saturday’s 2-year-old Maiden Plate. Trainer Peter Snowden told Herald readers in Saturday’s edition that he was confident of Sokudo’s prospects, because of a drop-in class. The striking colt came from back in the field to race away and win by 2 ¾ lengths.

Snowden outlined plans for Sokudo on Sunday. “This colt wants 1600 metres and even further. I will give him another run in Sydney. We bought Reckless Knight and his mother when he was a weanling for $2,500 from a Queensland breeder. He has been disappointing in his only two previous starts, but he needs racing and time to mature. We decided to run him in a 900-metre race as we knew they would run along. I didn’t believe he could beat the two favourites, but I had something on him at the big price. All of Princess Pattern’s wins have been on soft and heavy tracks and she loved the soft 5 track. She was unlucky last start at Newcastle so dad decided to back her up seven days later. Princess Pattern was passed in at the Scone Yearling Sales as she was only small. So we bought her for peanuts and if she races well enough she will go to Brisbane, for the JJ Atkins” Snowden said.

Kris Lees trained winners in three races on Saturday and two of his four winners were on his home track. Promising filly Wisdom Tree vindicated her odds-on quote with an easy win in the 1200 metre Maiden Handicap. The heavily backed Juventus held off stablemate Charmers to win the 1300 metre Benchmark 64 Handicap.

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