Boom youngster Narutac Prince maintained his perfect season with a soft win in Bendigo last night.
Stretching his unbeaten status for the term to five, Narutac Prince captured an Australian Pacing Gold heat for veteran trainer David Aiken.
Rapt with the colt’s performance, Aiken is approaching next week’s second round with extreme confidence.
“He hasn’t set a foot wrong since he came to us,” Aiken said. “Five starts for five wins, you can’t ask for more than that.
“That was his first run since April 3, so he will most certainly improve from it and better for the second round, and all going well, the Final after that.
“That said, he will have to improve as the Final will be the biggest step in grade he will have faced.”
Driven by Aiken’s son, Josh, Narutac Prince led throughout from barrier two to score by a metre-and-a-half from Bondi Lockdown, with Radar Stride two metres away third.
The son of Art Major rated 1:55.3 over 1650 metres, with his time the slowest of the three qualifiers for colts and geldings.
Fastest honours went to the John Nicholson-trained Sebs Choice.
With Michelle Phillips holding the reins, Sebs Choice rated 1:53.5 as Ideal Dan and Keayang Kamikaze filled the placings.
Soho Bollinger split the pair with his 1:54 performance to trainer-driver Michael Stanley.