Our Voodoo Prince produced the perfect advertisement ahead of next week’s Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale with a drought-breaking victory at Caulfield on Saturday.
The son of Kingmambo is one of a number of well-performed Chris Waller-trained gallopers set to be offered at Friday’s sale.
The victory was the eight-year-old’s first since he rocketed towards the top of betting for last year’s Caulfield Cup with an impressive win in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield almost 16 months ago.
James Winks, who partnered the gelding to three-straight wins at his first three starts in Australia including his Easter Cup triumph, said he was ‘tickled pink’ to have ridden Our Voodoo Prince to another win.
“After he won the Easter Cup I thought he was a star but obviously things can go wrong with horses but you can never take their ability away from them,” Winks said.
“The stable changed a couple of things around with him and took the blinkers off and he was back to his old self.
“The last couple of times I’ve ridden him he’s played up in the barriers but today he was on his game and he got the result.”
Our Voodoo Prince’s ($7.50) victory meant that At First Sight ($6) will have to wait even longer to end his six-year wait in search of a second career victory as the Darren Weir-trained nine-year-old finished a short-half-head behind the winner, with Diametric ($2.90F) a long-head further back in third.
Waller’s third runner Danchai ($12), who will also be offered at next week’s sale, was fourth.
Geelong Cup winner Caravan Rolls On ($13) was quickly pulled up after the post by jockey Craig Williams after finishing eighth, with a subsequent veterinary examination revealing the eight-year-old had suffered a front-right suspensory ligament injury.