NO STRANGER to Inter Dominion glory, respected trainer Kim Prentice has issued an ominous warning ahead of Friday night’s Final at Gloucester Park.
Prentice, who captured the 2003 Championship with Baltic Eagle, will contest this year’s edition with local hero, Soho Tribeca.
Not only is Prentice thrilled with the five-year-old’s performances during the heats, he stated Soho Tribeca is in better condition now than he was before the series began.
Successful in his first and second round qualifiers, Soho Tribeca was runner-up behind San Carlo in his third heat.
“He has pulled up unbelievably well, I couldn’t be happier with him,” Prentice said. “I did his blood yesterday and it is better than the one I did before the heats.
“I hoppled him this morning and he felt enormous, he is certainly ready for the Final.
“He will be in the sand tomorrow and Thursday as he gets above himself, which is the last thing we want. I will keep some work into him, business as usual, to keep his mind where it should be.”
With the stallion drawn barrier four, Prentice plans to “play it by ear” when it comes to tactics he’ll adopt in the Group One.
“The draw is interesting,” Prentice said. “I just have to come out and have a look and play it by ear from there.
“I think Tiger Tara will lead for sure from the pole. It would be nice if we could cross him, but the way he came out at Bunbury in the second heat, I don’t think anyone will get across him.
“Lazarus is the one to beat from two, while Chicago Bull is likely to get the best run behind Tiger Tara without doing any work, which brings him right into it.”
- PAUL COURTS