04 April 2021 | Paul Courts
NEXT month’s Australian Pacing Gold series is the primary target with potential star Narutac Prince.
Speaking after Narutac Prince maintained his perfect season at Tabcorp Park Melton just moments ago, trainer David Aiken confirmed the rich Sales-based series is at the top of the three-year-old’s hit list.
Joining Aiken’s stable at the beginning of the year, Narutac Prince has won his four starts in fine fashion, with his latest triumph coming in the Group Two Alabar Home Grown Classic.
Yet to pick a specific lead-up race for the son of Art Major, Aiken stated Narutac Prince’s schedule will be organised around the APG Final.
The Group One is programmed to be conducted in Melton on May 29 as part of APG’s three-state extravaganza.
Along with a pair of $350,000 Finals for three-year-olds, the evening includes two $125,000 Two-Year-Old Gold Bullion Finals and two $50,000 Consolations.
Consolations are also set to be held at Club Menangle and Albion Park, while Gloucester Park will host a Consolation the previous night.
“He hasn’t stopped improving all campaign and everything about him suggests there is more to come,” Aiken said.
“He’ll need to keep getting better given how tough the APG Championship will be, but there is no doubt he is heading in the right direction.”
With Aiken holding the reins, Narutac Prince began quickly to lead from barrier two as Hy Leinvincible was forced to work overtime in the ‘death seat’.
Proving too slick along the home straight, the colt completed a five-metre win from a gallant Hy Leinvincible, with One Big Shew three metres away third.
Covering the last half in 54.7 seconds, Narutac Prince rated 1:52.6 over 1720 metres.
“They’ve gone hard down the back and he still had plenty in him up the straight,” Aiken said. “He won with a bit up his sleeve.
“I’ll give him a couple of easy days now then work out a map towards the APG which is still six or seven weeks away.”