The stage is set for an epic clash in the $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic between Petrol Power and Princess Hallowell after the latter’s strong win at Ascot.
Princess Hallowell, backed in from $1.45 to $1.30 favouritism, produced a perfect trial for the rich classic when she beat Lenience ($6.50) by 1¾ lengths in the Frank and Rona Plate (1000m).
Princess Hallowell crossed from a wide gate to sit outside pacesetter Lenience.
The Oratorio filly loomed up to Lenience at the 200m and shot clear to score her second consecutive victory.
Trainer Trevor Andrews will chase his third win in the MM Perth 2YO Classic (1100m), run in a fortnight, with Princess Hallowell.
Owner Craig Thompson picked her out at last year’s MM Perth yearling sale for $110,000.
“She was very short which surprised me a little,” Andrews said.
“But she won like an odds-on pop.
“It was a good little hit-out going forward.
“That run should top her off nicely going into an 1100 and I’m looking forward to the Magic Millions.
“She was off the bridle a bit on the turn but picked up the other horse and did it well.
“With two weeks until the Magic Millions and a bit more work under her belt, she’ll strip fitter.
“Jimmy’s horse (Petrol Power) was one of the most impressive two-year-old winners this season, but I wouldn’t swap her for anything else.”
Petrol Power, last year’s yearling sale topper at $240,000, will resume in the classic after a solid win on debut last October.
Princess Hallowell leapt to the top of the order of entry for the classic with $75,000 in prize money.
O’Hara De Belle, second with $45,500, is skipping the classic to target the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate.
Lenience is third with $42,500.