NEVER underestimate an opportunist.
That’s the warning from trainer Roy Roots junior ahead of Saturday night’s opening Inter Dominion heats at Club Menangle.
Roots is poised to contest the Championship with top pacer The Black Prince, which has drawn awkwardly in barrier 15 in the third heat.
The son of Bettors Delights slots into 14 with the removal of the emergency, but remains on the outside of the back row.
The Black Prince has been kept since he caused a massive upset in the Group One Len Smith Mile at Menangle four weeks ago.
Highlighting what an opportunist can accomplish, The Black Prince finished “like he had wings” to score as an $81 outsider.
“It’s a shocking draw,” Roots said. “Certainly not the way you want to start an Inter Dominion.
“We’ll be relying a little bit on luck, but he is an opportunist which can make the most of any little bit of fortune that goes his way.
“If he sits back like he did last time around he will come home very hard.”
Stating the six-year-old is “pretty fresh”, Roots explained The Black Prince has had the ideal preparation for the gruelling fortnight ahead.
“He is pretty fresh heading into the weekend, but that’s how I want it,” Roots said. “He’s got three runs in a week, so going in fresh and tightening up after each run is the plan.
“He will be spot on by the Final and will be suited by the conditions.
“For now, as much as I want to see him win, it’s about getting maximum points to get into the Final.”