Day At The Track

Prime Power "primed" for winning return

08:43 AM 07 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Prime Power - Ready to go in season debut
Prime Power - Ready to go in season debut

The Group One National Trot, the Group Two Lyell Creek Stakes and Waikato Trotters Flying Mile - all in December - are the short-term targets for Prime Power who resumes his racing career at Alexandra Park tonight.

The 5-year-old Monarchy gelding will have his first race since running third behind Sheemon and Doctor Bones in the Harness Jewels 4yo trot final at Cambridge Raceway on May 31.

He will join fellow Waikato squaregaiter Charlemagne on the 40m back mark in Friday’s $14,999 Alabar Handicap for C3 to OC trotters.

Trainer-driver Todd Mitchell is very happy with where his stable star is at.

“We won’t be heading south and perhaps Australia could be an option after his December races.

"At this stage we will play it one race at a time, but he’s come back bigger and stronger this time in and I couldn’t be happier with him even though he has only had a couple of trials,” Mitchell said.

Prime Power has recently been trialling with a galloping pacemaker and Mitchell also gave him a run on the Raglan Beach.

“He was unplaced from 60 metres behind in a workout a couple of weeks ago and before than on October 18 he won a four-horse workout by 16 lengths.

"I’ve tried to get as much work into him as possible.

“He can win on Friday but will be better for the run.

"Forty metres behind is a big ask but it’s negated a bit by the small field, so I think he is good enough to go close fresh-up,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell said Prime Power had niggles before the Jewels but more than five months off the scene has seen those problems disappear.

“I just want to see him back to his best and I think he can get there this campaign.

"The thought of Christchurch never really entered my mind.

"If we did go it would have been for the Free-For-All,” Mitchell said.

Prime Power has won 11 of his 25 starts – 8 of them on his home track and seven over tonight's 2700m standing start distance.

The toughest for him to beat will be the John and Josh Dickie trained consistent Pegasus Spur 6-year-old brown mare, Miss Pegasus.

She was a gutsy second behind Cool Cobber when second favourite at Alexandra Park a fortnight ago and two week’s prior to that run she was an easy winner of a C3 to OC trot at Alexandra Park.

Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

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