Herculian Prince ‘back to his best'
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Herculian Prince is set to return to his Group I winning form following a tidy barrier trial win at Randwick on Tuesday.
Last year’s Group I Metropolitan Handicap winner struggled to recapture his best form during the autumn but regular jockey Nash Rawiller declared the former Kiwi “back to his best” after Tuesday’s trial.
The son of Yamanin Vital was given a solid hit-out over the testing 1050m recording a half-neck win over stablemate Go With The Flo in a time of 1.05.3.
“He’s a different horse from last prep, he’s back to his best,” Rawiller said.
“Last time when he came back in he didn’t feel right.
”He’s comeback like his old self, I think we’ll see a different horse this time around.”
Meanwhile, Rawiller also sent the Waterhouse-trained Light Brigade around the 1050m course recording a faster time than Herculian Prince of 1.05.00 when winning his heat by a neck.
“He just went through the motions,” he said.
During the autumn Light Brigade was Group I placed behind Ilovethiscity in the Randwick Guineas at Warwick Farm.