NEW South Wales horseman Roy Roots junior is confident of kick-starting his latest interstate trip on a high.
No stranger to heading south of the border, Roots has crossed the Murray River with rising star The Black Prince in search of Australasian Breeders’ Crown glory.
The Black Prince is being primed for the Four-Year-Old Championship at Tabcorp Park Melton on August 24.
As such the son of Bettors Delight will contest a race at the same venue on Saturday night, with Roots sure The Black Prince is ready to win.
The Black Prince contested last season’s Breeders’ Crown, but missed the Final as a result of his unplaced effort in a semi.
He then finished third in the Breeders’ Crown Silver Pace.
“He is feeling really good, racing well and ready to run another big race,” Roots said. “His four starts from a let-up have been solid and he’s in top shape.
“This field is down a bit on what he has been racing.”
To be driven by Chris Geary, The Black Prince will begin from barrier four, with Roots rating War Dan as the main danger from gate three.
War Dan finished second behind Maraetai a fortnight ago, with the latter among his opposition again.
“We have a handy enough draw and should be able to make the most of it,” Roots said. “War Dan is the one to beat from the draw, with Maraetai also among the main chances.”