Princess rules in Silver Eagle

Vienna Princess strides to victory in the $1 million Silver Eagle, adding $580,000 to the season earnings of her sire Snitzel. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

Snitzel’s quality daughter Vienna Princess produced her most rewarding performance yet for her well-known owners and champion trainer Chris Waller when she sprinted clear of the field to win the $1 million Silver Eagle over 1300m on Everest day at Randwick. 

Her talent was first seen on the same day last year when, still a maiden, she was runner-up in the Reginald Allen Quality LR. Two starts later she won the Twilight Glow S. LR at Caulfield, becoming  Snitzel’s 130th stakeswinner.

Vienna Princess has progressed swiftly this year, winning Sydney benchmark 78 & 88 races before the Silver Eagle where she defeated Strait Acer and the favourite Pericles, She is the second Arrowfield-sired winner of the race, after The Inevitable (by Dundeel) in 2019. 

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy was thrilled with Vienna Princess’s effort. “She’s great, she’s so willing, brilliant to ride her…There was a bit of heat early so I just filed in and was able to get a little bit closer at the halfway mark in the three wide line with some cover and I knew I was going to finish well. That’s what she did, she’s very game. She’s so honest, she’s got a great will to win.”

The first three in the Silver Eagle are exempt from the ballot for the $10 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on 4 November and Vienna Princess is now a $15 chance for that race.

Vienna Princess’s dam Graciousness (by Street Cry) is a winning half-sister of four stakeswinners including Group 1 winner & sire Casino Prince (by Flying Spur), as well as the dams of Best Of Bordeaux (by Snitzel) and Prince Fawaz (J.J. Atkins S. G1).

Street Cry mares are notably successful with sons of Redoute’s Choice, so far producing 8 stakeswinners, including Golden Slipper G1 winner Farnan, from 57 named foals.  

Vienna Princess was a $400,000 purchase from her breeder Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud at Magic Millions 2021 for Peter & Patty Tighe’s Magic Bloodstock and co-owners Noel & Maria Greenhalgh, Julia Ritchie’s Bangaloe Stud, Ken Warriner, Noel Werrett, Jack Lake and Col & Jannene Madden.

The Written Tycoon-Graciousness colt made $750,000 at Magic Millions 2023 and will race as First Settler for Yulong Investments & partners. He is followed by a yearling full brother to Vienna Princess and a 2023 colt by Zoustar. 

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