WITH an interstate trip on the cards, a warning has been issued to The Black Prince’s potential rivals.
Setting his sights on the Australasian Breeders’ Crown, New South Wales horseman Roy Roots junior has advised opponents to beware of the three-year-old.
Roots was discussing his plans of heading south of the Murray River following The Black Prince’s triumph in The Carousel at Tabcorp Park Menangle just moments ago.
“He’s the real deal, don’t worry about that,” Roots said. “I will give him about 10 days off now, then get ready for the Breeders’ Crown.
“He’s a realistic chance of winning that sort of race with a half descent draw and run.
“The plan is to take him down about a month before and get settled in.”
Driven by Chris Geary during his latest win, The Black Prince upstaged his older rivals when he scored from Atomic Red and Bettor To Be Tricky.
Winner of his heat at Bankstown last week, the gelding completed a clean sweep of the series by rating 1:54.1 over 2300 metres.
“He’s a pretty athletic horse, which has been in work since the New South Derby in late February, but just hadn’t raced between then and his heat,” Roots said.
“In the Derby I was a bit hesitant with him as he hadn’t raced over 2300 metres before, so he was driven conservatively.
“I told Chris he had to make his own luck tonight as I knew he was in top shape.
“Chris said he wanted to gawk around when he got past them and won with a bit up his sleeve.”
Owned by Paul Borg, the son of Bettors Delight extended his record to seven wins and two placings from 10 Australian starts for earnings of $88,455.