Praying for Royal Descent Stakes Win9 Mar 2018
Redwood mare Livin’ On a Prayer will head into Saturday’s Royal Descent Stakes looking for her fourth win from her past seven starts when she contests the inaugural running of the $50,000 Royal Descent Stakes at Ellerslie.
Trained by Wayne Hillis at Matamata, Livin On a Prayer has been a revelation since having the blinkers added, having finished first or second at all but one start when she finished a close up fifth (beaten 1.8 lengths) in the Group 2 Westbury Classic behind Group 1 winners Thee Auld Floozie and Lizzie L’Amour.
Livin On a Prayer has a good record on the Ellerslie track having posted two wins, a second, and a fifth from four starts. Matthew Cameron will have his first ride on the mare tomorrow and while she hasn’t drawn a good gate at thirteen, she has the ability to put herself in the race and has been extremely genuine all preparation.
The Royal Descent Stakes is named for the outstanding racemare of the same name bred and raced by Gerry Harvey. Royal Descent won an ATC Oaks by an amazing 10 lengths as a three-year-old under Hugh Bowman, and went on to post a further eight Group 1 placings and considered very unlucky on a number of times with six of Group 1 placings resulting in second placings behind the likes of Preferment, Kermadec, Sacred Falls, Streama, and He’s Your Man.
Royal Descent ended her career with a record of 31 starts for 5 wins and 15 placings, and A$2,709,780 in stakes. Royal Descent retired to stud in New Zealand and has a Swiss Ace colt at foot at present and is infoal to promising young sire Redwood.
Pictured: Royal Descent winning the ATC Oaks