While it wasn’t a double for the ‘Prompt’ siblings Prompt Return and Prompt Response on Saturday, it was pretty close!
The three-year-old filly PROMPT RESPONSE finished second in the Listed Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day. Fifth and 4ourth at her two prior runs at Group 3 level, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly did most of the work at the front of the field before being run down in the final few strides by back-marker Sweet Sherry.
After going forward from a wide gate, jockey Kerrin McEvoy had Prompt Response sitting in second position, out wide from Overstep. Under hard riding before the turn, the filly responded extremely well for McEvoy, before Steven Arnold aboard Sweet Sherry nabbed the Ron Hamer and mark Sowerby raced filly.
With four top two finishes from seven race starts to date, including multiple black type places, the filly continues to add worth to her pedigree as a broodmare prospect for when she retires from the track.
A few hours later, PROMPT RETURN, the year older brother of the filly recorded his fifth career win, and third from his last five starts since joining the Cold Coast-based Toby Edmonds stable.
A winner of the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate during his juvenile season, four-year-old Prompt Return started his career with Danny O’Brien in Melbourne followed by a stint with Chris Waller in Melbourne before heading north to the ‘sunshine state’.
Edmonds proved a shrewd judge when he decided to freshen up Prompt Return following his sixth to Londehero over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm on September 24.
“He’s been going too keenly in the 1200-metre races so I decided to give him a freshen-up and bring him back in distance,” Edmonds said.
“There looked to be some good speed in the race and he finished it off strongly.”
Charging late down the outside of the field with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle, Prompt Return took the race by three-parts of a length from Wicked Intent, with a further length back to Hard Stride in third.
Also raced by Ron Hamer and Mark Sowerby, all at Blue Sky Bloodstock would like to congratulate them on the win and thank them for their continued and ongoing support.