After just two starts, precocious youngster Dynamic Prince will take his place in Sunday’s G2 Healesville Cup heats (350m), with the 19-month-old’s opposition including one of the best sprinters in the land, Tiggerlong Tonk.
Underlying the monumental task confronting the unbeaten Dynamic Prince, which only debuted last Friday (August 27), Tiggerlong Tonk has won 41 of his 87 starts, including two G1 victories, since starting his career back on August 30, 2019.
Catapulting Dynamic Prince into elite company is not a decision astute Devon Meadows trainer Peter Presutto made lightly, but he’s subscribing to the theory that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
“You’ve got to aim high, and boy am I what!” Presutto quipped.
“He’s very young and he’s only had two starts for two wins but he’s definitely got the ability.
“I haven’t done this before and it’s one of those situations where you’ll be a genius if it works out and a fool if it doesn’t.
“But it’s a long time until next year and I didn’t want to be sitting here in two weeks second-guessing whether we should have had a go. You’ve got to have a crack!”
At the time of nominating for Sunday’s heats, Dynamic Prince had raced only once, for a 25.56sec Maiden success at Ballarat.
The January 2020 son of Dyna Double One and Peta Pitstop then ventured to Healesville on Thursday where he started $1.60 favourite in a Restricted (1-3 Wins) event, needing to win impressively to confirm his Cup challenge.
Dynamic Prince did just that, powering clear in the closing stages to score by an ever-increasing 4.3 lengths in a smart 19.14sec.
“If he hadn’t gone well today (Thursday) I wouldn’t have risked him in the heats, but I was happy with his run and I’m expecting him to improve,” Presutto said.