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Noosa Prince - winner on dirt and turf. Photo: S Olsson

Stabell talk 2021

Noosa Prince – solid and versatile

A son of high profile stallion Kodiac from the family of a Breeders' Cup winner, Noosa Prince has already won six races in his career; four at Bro Park, one at Jägersro and one at Øvrevoll – where he was successful over 1600 metres in 2019. A new member on the team, he will be getting his first runs for Annike this season.

He broke his maiden racing over 1400 metres / dirt at Bro Park as a juvenile back in 2018, when he beat Approach by a neck in what developed into a two horse tussle at the finish. Lana Montana was 3 lengths further back in third place and the seven-runner field was strung out to the tune of almost fifteen lengths. This was Noosa Prince's second outing and he went off favourite. Two third placed efforts and an unplaced run in the valuable Vinterfavoriternas Pris (all on turf), were to follow before he found his way back to the winners' circle once more. It happened when he switched back to the dirt track, and it happened in some style. Noosa Prince was odds-on to beat three rivals over 1600 metres towards the end of the season, so the win was no big surprise, but he could hardly have been more impressive. Ridden by Shane Karlsson, he cruised home by 7 lengths from Romeo Bloom, with We Got the Boss back in third place. It was a nice way to wrap up a juvenile campaign that yielded two wins and two placings from six races.

Noosa Prince continued to do well at three. He beat the well known London Rock (who has 7 wins to date) easily by 3 ½ lengths in a three-year-old contest over 1600 metres / dirt at Jägersro in June 2019, and he was successful over the same distance at Bro Park in September, when he passed the winning post 3 lengths in front of another multiple winner, Bear Wells. A trip to Norway the following month proved lucrative. Noosa Prince lined up for Thon Hotel Oslofjord Sølvdivisjon, a hotly contested race over 1600 metres on turf. Horses that perform well with give underfoot on turf often take to the dirt, and the soft ground on the day probably suited Noosa Prince. His best previous form had come on dirt though he looked every bit as good on the lawn, and ran out a solid winner, beating Pirlo by 2 lengths, with We Got the Boss third home.

That Noosa Prince is efficient over different surfaces and courses was demonstrated once more when he captured a Guldhandicap over 1750 metres over a turf course described as good to firm at Bro Park in August last year. He was a comfortable 5-length winner, giving his runner-up Manassas no chance. Grimeford Lane was third and the Wido Neuroth trained visitor Delacroix filled fourth place. Manassas was coming off a win at the same level and went on to run second at the same level next time out, giving the form quite a strong look.

Although he has not been able to make the grade into stakes company, one has to say that Noosa Prince's record is quite impressive – and his versatility is a big plus. His dam, Something Magic (a daughter of high class dirt performer Proud Citizen), raced ten times without success in England. Her best runs came over 6 and 7 furlongs. Something Magic is a daughter of Comeback Queen, who was a Listed placed mile winner and became a useful broodmare. Her half-brother Donativum won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf for top UK trainer John Gosden. GS041021

Six-time winner transferred

Annike to train Väsby Häst's Noosa Prince

11 Dec 20: Väsby Häst AB, owners of Mudjimba, General de Vega and Murcia, have sent yet another interesting horse to Annike Bye Hansen's stable; the highly rated Noosa Prince, an Irish bred son of Kodiac with six wins to his name. Formerly trained by Lars Kelp at Bro Park, this talented gelding will meet the 2021 season on handicap mark 83 - one kilogram below his career best. The peaks of his 2020 form represented strong form, including an impressive 4 1/2-length win over 1750 metres / turf at Bro Park. That race was run on good to firm ground, while Noosa Prince encountered soft turf when successful over 1600 metres / turf at Øvrevoll back in 2019, when he also won twice at the same distance over dirt tracks in Sweden. 

Noosa Prince winning under Shane Karlsson. Photo: Stefan Olsson / Svensk Galopp