Flemington’s Danny O’Brien has confirmed plans to target The Goodwood 2015 with his smart young sprinter Prince Harada in Adelaide this autumn if the four-year-old can get the ratings to make the field.
The Haradasun gelding will be nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 The Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse on May 16 and is also among the early entries for the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben in Brisbane on June 6.
O’Brien said he wasn’t confident in securing a Goodwood run however and that some lower class races at home before hopeful Group 1 targets later on was the other option.
“We’re going to nominate him for The Goodwood but he’s probably very unlikely to even get a run,” he told Racing Victoria.
“If we don’t get into The Goodwood he’ll probably just go to another race at Flemington and we’ll try and get his rating up because we’ve still got next season and the season after that.”
Group 1 performed three times as a three-year-old, his best result being a fifth to Zoustar in the 2013 Golden Rose Stakes, Prince Harada had over a year on the sidelines after his seventh behind Shamus Award in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) last March.
He returned to racing at Caulfield on April 4 this autumn and won first-up, narrowly defeating Boomwaa in Theshark.Com.Au Benchmark 90 (1100m) clash.
His next-up run was a fourth on a Heavy (8) Flemington track on Anzac Day, an effort O’Brien is hoping he can improve on if he runs in the Benchmark 90 he is nominated for back at the track this Saturday.
The horse’s jockey last time out Craig Williams said post-race the galloper didn’t appreciate the wet track giving O’Brien confidence he’ll be better on firmer going next time out.
“We drew the wrong side the other day and unfortunately he was in an awkward spot on a day where you really had to be hard against the outside rail,” O’Brien said.
“He won on the slow as a two-year-old but Craig Williams did say on the genuinely heavy track that he wasn’t as effective.
“He went to win the race and he let down and couldn’t pick up as you would have liked.”
As for the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Prince Harada is currently rated a $31 outside through Ladbrokes.com.au to win Queensland’s richest race in the pre-field markets.
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