A bargain basement buy Prince of Boom has already made a big statement on the track when demolishing a field at the Sunshine Coast by 5 lengths and following that up with an impressive win in the Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic at Doomben last Saturday.
Now the young sprint sensation is set to head to the track again looking for a hat trick in the BRC Sires Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm and while trainer Heathcote thinks his runner has every chance he does see that there are new hurdles ahead.
“You could easily make a case for five or six negatives with him going into the Sires’, with the biggest positive being that he is simply just a damn good horse,” Heathcote said.
“I would like to think he will beat those that he beat in the Champagne, I think he has got their measure.
“But there is no doubt that some of these other horses he will face on Saturday present a step up in class from what he has been racing against, horses like Converge and Ranch Hand look to be very good.
“There are some simple realities heading into Saturday.
“He is stepping up in distance, racing at Eagle Farm for the first time and facing better horses as well as most likely racing on a good track for the first time.”
Heathcote also believes there is an added benefit to Prince Of Boom at the moment with jockey Ben Thompson riding in career best form after moving to Queensland last year.
“Ben is great, he is the full package,” Heathcote said.
“He presents well, he does his form and he is riding very effectively and not making too many errors.
“And he probably gives the best post-race report of any jockey that I have ever known.”
Prince of Boom has received early backing to take out the Sires Produce after opening up at $5 and has now been backed into $4.40 with most bookmakers.