Pren­tice pins hopes on trio

Trainer rates Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter his big­gest chance in In­ter Do­min­ion

South Western Times - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

SOUTH West har­ness trainer-driver Justin Pren­tice is hop­ing promis­ing pacer Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter can jump 21 spots and com­pete in this year’s $1.8 mil­lion TABTouch Perth In­ter Do­min­ion Se­ries.

Pren­tice has three horses nom­i­nated for the se­ries, with Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter (ranked 51st) joined by Ma­jor Re­al­ity (25th) and Bet­tor Re­ward (37th) in the early field.

De­spite the rank­ings which were re­leased ear­lier this month by Rac­ing and Wager­ing WA, Pren­tice be­lieves Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter is his most promis­ing horse for the heats.

Only the top 30 horses at the end of the rat­ing pe­riod will qual­ify.

“If he (Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter) proves he is up to it then I will lead him in,” Pren­tice said. “It is a big ask to go into an In­ter Do­min­ion Se­ries. He might just be suited to the pac­ing cups.”

The se­ries be­gins at Glouces­ter Park on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24, be­fore re­turn­ing to Bun­bury’s Don­ald­son Park for the third con­sec­u­tive year on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28.

Glouces­ter Park hosts the third set of heats on De­cem­ber 1, be­fore the $1.1 mil­lion grand fi­nal on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8.

Pren­tice said Ma­jor Re­al­ity’s race his­tory did not suit the grind of the In­ter Do­min­ion Se­ries, which de­mands the horses race four races in just 15 days.

“She races fort­nightly at the mo­ment so it would be a lot for her,” he said.

“I don’t think she could han­dle that.”

Bet­tor Re­ward’s abil­ity to en­ter the se­ries is also in doubt, with Pren­tice wait­ing to see how he comes up after his lat­est spell.

“We just gave him a freshen up to give him a chance for the big races,” he said.

Pren­tice con­firmed he would drive each of the horses if they started in the se­ries.

“It is be­cause I know the horses best,” he said.

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