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Princess Jenni bounces back

The frustration of being scratched in Sydney was put behind the connections of Princess Jenni after scoring a narrow win at Caulfield.

The David Brideoake-trained filly was a late withdrawal prior to the Adrian Knox Stakes during The Championships by order of stewards on suspicion of race-day treatment, with a raised lump detected on the side of her neck.

And while still pleading innocence, the experienced Mornington trainer suggested the situation is still ongoing, with Racing NSW stewards awaiting results of a blood test prior to resuming their inquiry.

Princess Jenni will now progress to the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville in a fortnight, with Brideoake keen to test her in the Group 1 feature.

"She is a really good filly, great quality, great recovery rate and I would say in a couple of weeks' time she can go to Adelaide for the Australasian Oaks and I think we've got a good filly on our hands," Brideoake said.

"She has just taken a while to come to hand, we have given her time and she is fine."

Princess Jenni was restrained back to near last in the early stages from the wide barrier and surged to the line late under the urgings of Damien Oliver to narrowly defeat Sure Knee, with Collectable third.

Music Bay started favourite and was held up behind runners from the top of the straight before eventually finishing fourth.

"I was happy with her performance, I just feel she is better on a big track with some room and she didn't get that today," said trainer Phillip Stokes.

"She will still press on to Adelaide but we will keep her to a mile."
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