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There's more in store for Prosper, says Chadwick

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 December, 2011, 12:00am

Producing a Private Purchase for a first-up win is a tough task, but Oriental Prosper made the handicapper's assessment seem spot on with a fighting win up the straight course.

The Tony Millard-trained sprinter won five from 11 in England, including four of his last five starts, but continuing a European sprinter's good form on arrival doesn't often go to plan.

Starting his career off a mark of 76 and carrying 129 pounds in a competitive Class Three, Oriental Prosper won by a short head after a thrilling head to head battle with Space Race.

The win was the first half of a double for Chadwick, who had expected a forward showing after riding the horse in a trial, despite him looking a run short.

'This is a nice horse and I think he was a bit underdone,' Chadwick said. 'He was carrying condition and he will definitely come on for that. He is a lovely looking horse that carries himself well and he is all about speed. I'd be suggesting the straight again. Either 1,000m here or 1,200m at Happy Valley, with the sharper turns, will be his go.

'He'll now be in Class Two with a light weight - maybe if he can find a 60-85 ratings race. With the improvement left in him, he is definitely up to being a Class Two horse.'

Chadwick now has 14 wins in his fourth term and seems well on his way to matching last season's mark of 43 victories.

The former leading apprentice consolidated his spot in the jockeys' premiership top five with his pair of wins, which also included the high-maintenance ride Open Sesame in a Class Three (1,400m).

Chadwick earned every cent of his riding fee on the Tony Cruz-trained Open Sesame, who has an over-flowing rap sheet of bad behaviour - he can miss the start, has a ultra-sensitive mouth and a tendency to overrace.

With an obvious lack of speed in the race, Chadwick had the cards fall his way when his mount jumped on terms and found the leader's back with little effort.

'We jumped straight on the bridle and, once I got cover, I was happy,' Chadwick said of his good fortune. 'They ran along faster in the race than we thought they would and this horse has a good turn of foot which he was able to produce.

'He needs a bit of luck because he has got a bad mouth and isn't the best of rides, if he goes too slow he throws his head and can give you a tough day. But if there is pace he can get home.'

Greg Cheyne was given a two-meeting careless riding suspension for his desperate ride on Blessing in the same race, after he shifted out in the straight under Douglas Whyte on Danzulu.

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