Princess Jenni Aiming for Another Cup Crown

Wed 2nd December 2020

2020 Bendigo Cup (2400m) winner Princess Jenni hasn’t had the ideal lead up for Saturday’s listed Pakenham Cup (2500m), but trainer David Brideoake is quietly confident of his mare’s chances.

Princess Jenni suffered from a foot abscess following her win in the Bendigo Cup, which gives her a less than ideal five week break between runs; but Brideoake is positive that retaining Jye McNeil is a big tick for his charge.

“The foot abscess meant she couldn’t run in the Zipping Classic, which was a bit of a nuisance, but we’ve pressed on and she’s coming into this race fresh and in good shape,” Brideoake said on Wednesday.

“Jye rode her so well at Bendigo and it’s nice to have his services again as he’s really taken giant steps in his career.”

Princess Jenni will have to go around with a big 61kg on her back, but Brideoake has taken the impost as a compliment, saying it points to what the mare has achieved in her career to date, with a shade under $1 million of earnings so far.

“She’s got that sort of weight because of what’s she’s done over her career,” he said of the G1 Schweppes Oaks winner.

Princess Jenni is currently a $5 chance for the Pakenham Cup.

1Brimham Rocks (9)J: Damian Lane 62kg T: C J Waller$6.00$2.15
2Princess Jenni (10)J: Jye Mcneil 61kg T: D R Brideoake$4.80$1.80
3Haky (6)J: Jamie Kah 60kg T: Archie Alexander$14.00$3.70
4Attorney (3)J: Nash Rawiller 59.5kg T: Matthew Smith$4.50$1.70
5Creedence (1)J: Craig Williams 59.5kg T: Matthew Cumani$5.50$2.00
6Our Big Mike (7)J: Noel Callow 57.5kg T: Brett Scott$41.00$7.00
7Knights Order (2)J: Michael Dee 56.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$4.40$1.70
8Scarlet Dream (8)J: Michael Poy 56kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$8.50$2.50
9Northwest Passage (5)J: John Allen 56kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$51.00$8.50
10Red Alto (4)J: Michael Walker 56kg T: Brent Stanley$81.00$17.00


From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.