Tassie Flavour To All Star Clash At The Creek

TASSIE-bred stars Wynburn Sheean and Handsome Prince clash on Thursday night at Albion Park in a dress rehearsal for the looming Brisbane Cup.

David Brasch

9 June 2021

TASSIE-bred stars Wynburn Sheean and Handsome Prince clash on Thursday night, thousands of kilometres from their birthplace at Albion Park in Brisbane in a dress rehearsal for the fast looming G1 Brisbane Cup.

And the pair of superstars will face off in a lowly 4/5th Grade over 520m, Handsome Prince coming out of the five box and Wynburn Sheean the seven.

Handsome Prince (Sh Avatar-See Blue’s Girl) is the reigning Million Dollar Chase champ, while Wynburn Sheean (Aston Dee Bee-She’s All Class) is a multiple Group winner, boasting 20 wins from 27 career starts.

Peter Lagogiane, trainer of Handsome Prince, is leaving no stone unturned in his bid for Winter Carnival riches by moving part of his team to Churchable, staying at the lavish property owned by Dan Henry.

Wynburn Sheean has been sent north by leading Tassie trainer Ben Englund to be prepared for his Cup bid by Tony Brett.

Both dogs recently slipped post to post at Albion Park and there was little between their times … both of them flying runs of 24.07 (Handsome Prince) and 24.12 (Wynburn Sheean) respectively.

FIELDS AND FORM ALBION PARK THURSDAY NIGHT

“This will be Prince’s first 500 metre race for a while and he is certain to benefit from the run,” Lagogiane said.

“It was hard to get a great guide from his 520 metre trial last Thursday night because the track was sloppy when he went around.

“And he jarred up a bit after the trial. He’s right now but he needs match fitness. He has picked up enormous in the week since that trial.

“The last 20 metres will be his testing ground on Thursday night.

“And, Wynburn Sheean is coming off a solid race campaign back in Tassie so he should have a fitness edge.

“And he’s a great dog. A real up and comer.”

Lagogiane said the State of Origin and Brisbane Cup were Handsome Prince’s targets.

“I’d like to see our bloke win on Thursday night to cement a State of Origin spot for the NSW team,” he said.

“But the Group 1 Brisbane Cup is the main target.”

Lagogiane admitted Group 3 Ladies Bracelet winner Pay Call, a winner at Albion Park in top grade last Thursday night, also suffered from the “gluey” track last week.

“It knocked her around a bit, but she too has picked up since also,” he said.

“Her two Albion Park wins have been fantastic.”