Bunbury trainer Peter Giadresco has enjoyed a decorated training career with his name etched on a host of major WA races.
Giadresco has trained group winners in the Karrakatta Plate, the Cox Stakes, the Lee Steere Stakes and the Lee Steere Classic.
But one race that holds pride of place for Giadresco is the Group 1 victory of Early Express in the Fruit ‘N’ Veg Stakes (2005).
The gelding only cost $16,000, but was a star for Giadresco and earned $860,855 in prize money before retiring in 2008.
However: despite his success at the elite level, there is one race that Giadresco has yet to secure and it is gnawing away at him.
Giadresco has a burning desire to win his home town Bunbury Cup and he is hoping in the next couple of weeks he can break the duck.
Giadresco is placing his faith in Prentice, who will get to test his Bunbury Cup credentials in Sunday’s the Bull & Bush Tavern Cup (2019m).
Prentice won the Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) for Simon Foster four years ago and has found a new lease of life in the Great Southern.
The son of Blackfriars has won three races and been placed on equal occasions from seven starts at Albany and Mount Barker this campaign.
Prentice’s last-start victory at Albany the clincher for Giadresco when he lumped 59kg and fought on strongly to score narrowly over 1930m.
Prentice drops to 54kg in the Bull & Bush, a major lead in to the Bunbury Cup on March 25.
He will be ridden by William Pike and in a field of nine they combine from barrier eight.
Giadresco said it was the right time to test Prentice’s Bunbury Cup aspirations.
“I thought his last run was brave and he impressed me with the weight he had to carry,” Giadresco said.
“After that win I thought I wouldn’t mind testing him to see if he is up to a race like the Bunbury Cup.
“I think we have worked him out and I feel he is a much stronger animal with his body strength the strongest I have seen.
“I think he has taken to the softer tracks at Albany and Mount Barker and has gained a lot of confidence.
“He is racing well and it’s as good a time as any to test him.
“I think going to a low weight will make a hell of a difference.
“I’m testing the waters with a view to the Bunbury Cup.
“It’s a race that I would love to win.”
Prentice is $8 with Tabtouch.