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Lakey watching weather with Enterprise Prince

By Glenn Davis

Talented sprinter Enterprise Prince remains on the market and could boost his sale price if the colt completes a hat-trick of wins at Doomben on Saturday.

However, Deagon trainer Mick Lakey is yet to confirm a start in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1350m) and will delay making a decision until closer to race day following overnight showers in Brisbane.

Enterprise Prince was placed once from three starts in his first campaign and is unbeaten in two runs at Ipswich this time up.

His two Ipswich wins were in a 1200-metre maiden on January 5 before a narrow victory when stepping up to 1350 metres against his own age on January 24.

The son of Rothesay is out of the Stakes winning mare Our Sweet Moss and is a half-brother to the Lakey-trained Trubia who won six times including two on soft tracks.

“We’ve had an offer from Hong Kong but it hasn’t been confirmed and he hasn’t been vetted yet,” Lakey said.

“He was very unlucky and was very immature last campaign but he came back this campaign a lot stronger.

“He was always going to win his maiden at Ipswich first-up on his trial form and his last win was very good.

“He took off at the 700 metres and had to go wide but he toughed it out well.

“His first start was on a soft track at the Sunshine Coast and I thought he’d go well but he ran well below my expectations so I thought it might have been the wet track.”

Enterprise Prince is owned by Gold Coast doctor, Brian Purtle, who also owned Trubia and Our Sweet Moss.

Our Sweet Moss was trained by Sydney’s Gerald Ryan winning six times from 17 starts.

Among her wins as a two-year-old were the Listed Sir Douglas Wadley and Listed Australia Post Stakes in Brisbane before the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes as a three-year-old in Sydney.

Later in her career she claimed two more Listed features in the Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm and The Nivison at Randwick in 2005.

Lakey has trained a number of top sprinters during his career including Risk Aversion, winner of Listed Juanmo Stakes at Eagle Farm in 2012.

One of his best horses was Uncle Shamus who won the Listed Goldmarket Handicap at the Gold Coast in 2004 and Butch Weston who won 10 races and was placed in the Listed Carrington Stakes in Sydney in 2001.

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