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11/05/02 Paddock for Princesa After Soft Win

Princesa is almost certain to be spelled after a dashing win in this afternoon's listed Winning Edge Presentations Total Print Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

Winning trainer Greg Eurell said connections did consider skipping today's listed event and hope the classy mare would gain a start in next Saturday's Group One Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide.

"She is I think 23rd in order of entry at the moment, and would be right on the border line," Eurell said.

"So we decided to bring her back home and target this race today. Her owners were really keen to get some good black type against her name," he added.

Eurell said he was "a little uncertain" as to whether Princesa would back up successfully in today's listed event after running last weekend.

Seven days earlier the beautifully bred daughter of Danehill ventured to Adelaide and ran a close fourth in the Group Three Honda Stakes at Victoria Park.

"Her run last week was really, really good," he said. "She was coming back a furlong which was definitely not ideal and she was close to them at the finish."

Eurell is confident Princesa will be able to make the transition to slightly longer distances next preparation.

"I would think she should be able to strech out to 1400 or 1600 metres next time in," Eurell said.

"Races like the Hardy Brothers Classic (over 1600m on Derby Day in November at Flemington) could be targets," he said.

In today's race Princesa bounded out of the gates quickly and jockey Vlad Duric, who'd already been a winner earlier in the day, had her heading to the outside rail.

Heading straight to the front of that division Princesa then led throughout to hold out Lewinsky, who was the first horse home on the inside rail.

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