Prosser quartet ‘ready to rip in’ ahead of Mid-North Coast qualifier

Colt Prosser with Country Championships hopeful, Cenotes. Image: Bradley Photos.

Colt Prosser and his stable have left no stone unturned on their path to the 2024 Country Championships. 

On Saturday, the Wauchope trainer will see four horses that were on very different journeys converge on the same race when starting a quartet of chances in the $150,000 Mid-North Coast qualifier at Tuncurry.

With two spots in the $1 million final at Royal Randwick on the line, representing the team will be Cenotes (Ben Looker, $6), Dis Is Heaven (Peter Graham, $31), Kaihoko (Luke Rolls, $10), and Low Profile (Mollie Fitzgerald, $81). 

“All four are ready to go; they are fit and well and ready to rip in,” Prosser told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

It’s an open race, with the Marc Quinn-trained Agirlsbestfriend the $3.20 favourite, and Prosser believes several horses can win the heat on their day.  

“By no means is it a walk-up start for any runner in the field; it’s as open as ever,” Prosser said. 

“You’ve got to turn up and be ready on the day, and it is always extremely hard to qualify them for the final, and that is what makes it so great.

“Plus, the lead-up race was washed out, and four or five were meant to line up in that, and that would have made it interesting, but we went our different ways, and we’ll see how they all go in the final.”

Prosser said it was a long-term plan for Cenotes, Dis Is Heaven, and Kaihoko to race in the qualifier. 

“That was the plan for the three boys for the past 12 months, and it’s good to see it come off,” Prosser said. 

“I wasn’t sure if Kaihoko would make it just yet, and this is a race he’ll probably be set for next year, but he’s shown that he is talented, and he went close in a couple of Highways, so we thought we’d give him a chance.”

On paper, Cenotes is the stable’s leading chance.

The Rebel Dane gelding has been thereabouts in recent Highway Handicaps at Rosehill Gardens, and Prosser said the four-year-old would be finishing off strongly. 

“He missed that run in the Preview the other day, but we know he will run the trip on his ear,” Prosser said. 

“He was begging for further last start, and he didn’t see daylight down the straight, but ran a really good race. 

“The thing is, his coat has improved, and he was glowing this morning after a swim, and we couldn’t have him any better for the race.”

Kaihoko is the interesting runner, with the three-year-old also thereabouts in the same Highway Handicaps as his stablemate at Cenotes. 

A year or more younger than his rivals, Prosser is hoping raw ability gets the Dundeel gelding across the line. 

“He’s probably six months away, and he’s still getting himself worked up pre-race, and that will just come with time,” Prosser said. 

“He’s had a couple of trips to Sydney, and we hoped to season him a bit more.

“Don’t get me wrong, he is going great; he looks a million dollars, and he’s another one probably looking for further than 1400m.”

Dis Is Heaven is another interesting commodity. 

The Dissident horse won three races earlier in his career, and the four-year-old looked like being a very good galloper. 

“He’s gone off the boil because he hasn’t won, but he was up a couple of months earlier than the other boys,” Prosser said. 

“He won a nice race at Grafton last year and then flew from last to run fifth at Warwick Farm, but after that, he had a couple of hard-luck stories in Highways.

“He should have gone close to winning at Tuncurry-Forster last start and was hitting the line as good as anything.

“He’s had a run at the track, he’s trialled there, and we know he will handle it, and he’s not without a chance.”

Low Profile scrapped in as the 14th and final runner, and while she is one of the outsiders, Prosser said the small Rebel Dane filly continues to improve. 

“She is a tiny little thing and wouldn’t be 15 hands, but she tries hard,” Prosser said. 

“She’s always shown me a little bit, but she was a bit squibby early and was a jump-and-run type of horse.

“She’s been up a long time and has gone from non-TAB to Sky 2 and now full TAB, and she never puts in a bad run, keeps improving, and deserves an opportunity.”

While Prosser had to gallop his team at Port Macquarie this week due to the recent wet weather, he said everything else had gone to plan ahead of Saturday’s rich qualifier. 

“We galloped at Port Macquarie on Tuesday and swam them today (Thursday) at Luke Rolls’ farm around the corner, and now they’re ready to go,” Prosser said. 

“They are four fit and happy horses, and we’ve got some good gates and jockeys, and now we just need that little bit of luck.”

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