Peter Giadresco is confident there are better days ahead for Prentice, starting at Belmont Park on Wednesday.

Prentice has been much maligned since scoring a massive upset win in the WA Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot last year.

The Blackfriars gelding went into the Group 3 feature largely unknown and as the rank outsider after a low profile build up.

He was afforded little respect or attention by punters who were content to send him out as a $100 hope on the TAB.

But Prentice had the final laugh and gave punters heart burn when he upstaged his more fancied rivals in stunning fashion.

However, that’s been the climax for Prentice who apart from one further win as a three-year-old has hardly set the racing world on fire.

His reputation took a big hit when he travelled to Melbourne and failed against the best three-year-olds in the land.

At Moonee Valley he beat one runner home and fared little better at Flemington when he trailed the field by 52 lengths in the Victoria Derby.

Prentice found his way to Giadresco’s stables after, Simon Foster, cut his ties as private trainer for owners Dan and Julie Love.

According to his new mentor he got off to a bright start when he ran fifth to Company Exchange at Belmont a fortnight back.

Giadresco said it was an encouraging hit out from Prentice and with further improvement it could be the portent of things to come.

“I’m really happy with Prentice,” said Giadresco on TABradio.

“He has been out of form for quite a while.

“He didn’t do much last year.

“He’s had 20 starts for only two wins.

“He’s had a really good preparation and a really good build up.

“He is nice and strong now.

“He was a horse who used to pull in his races but he looks settled now.

“That’s what we have been working on.

“You need a horse to switch off when going over ground.

“He is going to step up and have a successful campaign this time in.

“I just know he is going to have a nice preparation.”

Prentice takes on the Perth Racing Membership Handicap (1400m).

In a 12-horse line-up that doesn’t appear to be strong, he will start from barrier nine. Troy Turner assumes the mount.

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