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Hassam makes late Battle Of The Bush call at Bundaberg

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A last-minute decision to start Daunting Princess in the Battle Of The Bush qualifier at Bundaberg on Saturday could lead to trainer Mary Hassam’s biggest ever pay day in June.

Daunting Princess - an Adam Spinks mount – was set to head to the paddock before Mary Hassam's late call to start the five-year-old in the Battle Of The Bush qualifier over 1212 metres.

"I was going to send her to the paddock after her last run but I didn't realise this Bundy meeting was so close so I thought she might as well have a go at it," Hassam said.

"I don't like backing horses up but she's on her home track and I thought we might as well have a go.

"If she happens to win we might go for the Final but it's a bloomin' hard race and some good horses are in it."

The $200,000 Battle Of The Bush Final will be run on Tatt's Tiara day at Eagle Farm on June 29.

Daunting Princess was beaten half-a-length when second to the Kym Afford-trained Amphawa in an 850 metre Benchmark 60 race at Gympie last Saturday.

"She goes too hard in her races and I need someone like Adam (Spinks) to hold her up and get her to settle," Hassam said.

"If Adam can do that she'll be right in the finish."

Daunting Princess is a full-sister to Daunting Queen who Hassam also trained.

Daunting Queen was a stable star for Hassam a few years back starting 53 times for 12 wins and 23 placings with prize money earnings of $178,000.

"Daunting Queen used to love racing at Rockhampton and won a few times there unlike this mare who hates going there," Hassam said.

The 75-year-old Hassam has been training for four decades and has two horses currently in work.

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