BY MICHAEL GUERIN
Prime Power may have got the most important job done at Alexandra Park last Friday but better things lie ahead.
That is the opinion of trainer Todd Mitchell after his favourite horse helped him to the 1000-win winning drives milestone last week.
The milestone could have come in less glamorous circumstances as Mitchell had a near full book at Hawera the day before, where he did his best but never looked like driving a winner.
Which probably didn’t bother him too much as he got to achieve the mark on his best horse in the opening race on a big night at Alexandra Park.
“I would have been happy to drive it at Hawera and the club down there would have loved it to but it wasn’t to be,” said Mitchell.
“But to get it here behind this horse is obviously special.
“He is the horse I look forward to working the most when I get up in the morning.”
But that doesn’t mean we saw the best of Prime Power last Friday, even if he did enough to make the boss the 22nd driver to rein 1000 winners in New Zealand.
He settled a long way off the leader Bonechip but after working up to fourth in the five-horse field he worked his way to the lead relatively effortlessly in the space of 200m with a lap to go.
From there his $1.50 odds might have suggested her would win easily but Kincaslough stuck with him all the way up the straight and was only a head away at the line in a brave Alexandra Park debut.
Considering they broke 3:27 for the 2700m standing start on amended time both the quinellamates went good but Mitchell is adamant Prime Power can go better.
“He wasn’t quite at his peak tonight but he has a lot of big races coming up and he will improve with that,” he says.
“I am thrilled to get the 1000 on him but now he can be aimed at specific races because he has a lot of great races he can have a crack at.”
** Read more about Todd Mitchell and his 1000-win milestone in January’s Harnessed.