Princess reigns in emotional comeback

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    ARM A PRINCESS - Photo HRSA

    CONNECTIONS of promising filly Arm A Princess experienced an array of feelings when she completed a successful comeback at Globe Derby during the weekend.

    While joy was among the emotions, relief and lament of what could have been were also part of the equation.

    An exceptionally-bred filly, Arm A Princess was returning from a horrific fall on the home turn at Melton last July.

    Along with crashing to the ground, Arm A Princess was run over by a filly following her, while a second youngster crashed into Arm A Princess’ fallen driver, Jason Lee.

    The daughter of Art Major spent three weeks at the Werribee vet hospital, where they operated on her twice. She still has grit from the track behind her knee as they can’t get at it to wash or scrape it out.

    “It’s been a long road back and to have her racing again, and winning at that, is as much a relief as it is satisfying,” trainer Lance Holberton said.

    “I would’ve been happy if she weighed in, so it was pretty special to have her back on a winning note.”

    Leading throughout with Josh Holberton in the cart, Arm A Princess was never seriously challenged as she cruised to a soft win from Golden Bliss and Illawong Spartan.

    “She is a pretty smart filly, well above average,” Holberton said. “It was a handy little effort and the best part about it is she still has a fair bit of improvement in her.”

    Set to race at Globe Derby on Friday night, the three-year-old will continue to make her way through the grades as she worked towards the Southern Cross Series in July.

    “She will go in a BOTRA heat on Friday night and hopefully into the Final after that,” Holberton said. “The Southern Cross is the long term goal, so her campaign will be based around that.

    “I also want to take her to Victoria for a suitable race to try and pick up her Vicbred bonus.

    “It’s cost about $30,00 to get her back racing after the fall, so we’ve got to try and get that back and the Vicbred bonus will help.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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