PRIMUS. 17 Starts. 4-1-5 $524,780.
Won Kensington Tramway Quality [G3] (1400 m.), Randwick Show County Quality [L] (1200 m.), Ming Dynasty Quality H. [L] (1400 m.), Canterbury 3 YO Colts and Geldings Class 3 H. (1100 m.). 2d Randwick Stan Fox S. [G2] . 3d Randwick Canterbury Guineas [G1] , Rosehill Rosehill Guineas [G1] , Caulfield Caulfield Guineas [G1] , Rosehill Expressway S. [G2] , Canterbury 3 YO Colts and Geldings Class 3 H. 4th Randwick Australian Derby [G1] , Rosehill Apollo S. [G2].
Primus started his race career a day after turning three with a win in a Class 3 at Canterbury, beating Speedy Duke and Longhorn.
He then went on to place third in another Class 3 race at Canterbury two weeks later.
Primus then stepped out in the Listed Ming Dynasty Quality at just his third start and had to contend with the outside barrier. The colt kicked away topping the rise, recording a 1 1/2 length victory over REPLICATOR and MANTON. Finishing fifth was subsequent Spring Champion Stakes winner HOTEL GRAND.
At his fourth start, Primus ran 2nd in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes, beaten a length by the more experienced PARATROOPERS. John was philosophical;
“If you go back to the Ming Dynasty, he beat Manton and Hotel Grand easily”, O’Shea said, “Paratroopers just has experience over us”.
Primus’ fifth start in the Group One Caulfield Guineas was marred by interference and a wide berth throughout the race. Despite the less than ideal run, Primus charged home in the straight to finish third in a field of horses that included STRATUM, SILENT ECHO, APACHE CAT and GOD’s OWN.
Trainer John O’Shea was thrilled with the colt’s performance.
“Under the circumstances, it was a massive run,” O’Shea said. “He couldn’t have done anymore after the interference”.
During his 3 yr old career Primus went on to run luckless 3rds in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes, Group 1 Randwick Guineas, the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and a fourth in the AJC Derby. Many good judges were saying that he was the best 3yo colt in the country.
Primus came back into the stable during the Spring as a 4yo, and after blowing them away at his barrier trial, he won the Listed Show County Quality over 1200m at Randwick on August 26, beating home Resistor, Malcolm, Dream Ballad and Doncaster Handicap winner, Patezza.
During the same preparation he scored his first Group 3 victory in the Tramway Handicap at Randwick, beating home STORMHILL, FLAMING, and Group 1 winners PATEZZA and MNEMOSYNE, franking his form as a top line stallion prospect.