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Australian Racing: What A Prince can claim Geraldton crown

There are a number of meetings set to take place on Sunday with Geraldton’s nine-race card the most valuable of the day.

Race 7 Geraldton

Shaka Zulu @ 4.40

Race 8 Geraldton

What A Prince @ 6.00

Race 6 Ballarat

Adandiman @ 2.70

Prince to rule in Gold Cup

It’s Gold Cup Day at Geraldton with the feature race due to take place over 2100m as the eighth race of the day.

Daniel & Ben Pearce saddle Manavendra here with the gelding expected to prove popular following some good efforts so far this year.

Those efforts include a metro win over 2200m at Ascot in January, while he has also recorded a win in a 2000m Benchmark 72+ handicap at Esperance.

The gelding arrives here on the back of a fourth over this distance in the Albany Cup a week ago and he rates highly despite a wide barrier.

WHAT A PRINCE is set to jump from the opposite side of the track and he is preferred for trainer Barry Newnham.

The six-year-old is one of two in the field for Newnham and he is a regular at this venue, having won four times here this season, including over 1600m here last month.

That latest victory came in a 1600m Benchmark 64+ handicap and the pick has registered second place finishes in both subsequent starts.

The son of All Too Hard is a versatile type with regard to distance, having followed up a second in the 1200m Batavia Sprint with a second over this track and trip on 27th March.

Chris Nicoll, who has ridden the selection in five of his last six starts, is again in the saddle and he can steer the gelding to big race glory.

Zulu for Geraldton glory

Prior to that, the seventh race on the Geraldton card is a competitive looking 1400m Benchmark 58+ handicap contest.

Bleecker Street is expected to have his supporters having delivered victories in two of the five starts this prep.

The second of those victories saw him come home in front when winning by nearly half-a-length in a 1200m metro contest at Ascot in February.

While unplaced at the same venue subsequently, the gelding returned to form with a third over the same track and trip last month.

The four-year-old should have no issues with the extra distance here, however preference is for Robert Gulberti’s SHAKA ZULU.

The son of Rommel has placed second in two of his four outings in 2024, including when narrowly beaten over 1100m at Ascot at the start of February.

The selection finished down the field twice subsequently but returned to form with a half-length second over 1200m at Pinjarra Scarpside on 24th March.

The gelding suffered interference at the start when racing on a good 4 track that day and he is a previous track and trip winner, having scored just under 12 months ago.

Jockey Zephen Johnston-Porter takes two kilograms off the four-year-old’s back and, jumping from a good barrier in five, the pair are taken to register a victory here.

Adandiman for Ballarat victory

Tom Dabernig’s ADANDIMAN placed second when racing over 1400m in a Benchmark 70 handicap at Ballarat in February and he looks up to taking the sixth race at the track.

The six-year-old was beaten just over three lengths when eighth of 10 on the Heath course at Caulfield when stepped up to 1500m subsequently.

The switch to a wet track appeared no issue when placed third on a soft 5 surface in a 1550m handicap at Mount Gambier when last in action on 22nd March.

The selection has recorded top four finishes on three of his four outings at this venue and he looks capable of delivering a victory under apprentice Jordyn Weatherley.

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