Princess Zoe pulls off Prix du Cadran classic

The sky is now the limit for Tony Mullins's mare after a stunning 2m4f triumph

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Zoe came in with a rating of 107 and that will skyrocket

Princess Zoe scripted a dream ending to a fairytale season as she became the first Irish-trained winner of the Group 1 Qatar Prix du Cadran in 11 years. 

Tony Mullins’s mare was rated 73 when she came over from Germany to Kilkenny over the winter and six runs and five wins later, she’s one of the finest stayers in Europe. 

It was the manner of it as much as the result itself - a scarcely believable come-from-behin triumph as Zoe ran down 40-1 outsider Alkuin to win by a head on heavy ground at Paris-Longchamp. 

“She just keeps improving and I still believe there’s more,” Mullins said.

“I can’t believe the amount she’s improving between each race with all the stiffness issues she has. 

“Now I’ve got to know her she’s easy to train, and good horses are easy to train.”

It was a remarkable ride from Joey Sheridan, who has three Listed wins to his name on three different horses this season, but came away with a career-defining maiden Group 1. 

Apprentice Sheridan was aboard Princess Zoe in her previous two starts - both wins over 1m4 at Galway - and Mullins’s faith in the teenager was justified in France. 

The world is now at Zoe’s feet and whether she travels again this season in a few weeks wil depend on her recovery from a gruelling run over 2m4f. 

Mullins knows one thing - she won’t run on firm ground - but the rest is up for grabs and s are Europe’s biggest prizes. 

“We’ve no worries about going to a mile and a half,” he said. 

The only thing I’m pushy about is that she doesn’t race on good to firm. If there’s firm i the going she’ll be a non-runner. 

“She’s not the most correct in her confirmation, I don’t want to put any pressure on it. 

“I’m not afraid to think about next years Arc, Ascot Gold Cup, but I just don’t want to run her if the ground is fast.”

I still believe there's more

- Tony Mullins

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