ROD NICHOLSON. Herald Sun
IT is never easy to overlook a $1 million interstate race and instead focus on a $200,000 local feature, but trainer Mick Price has done just that with gun colt Ready For Victory.
Price and the colt’s owners, Eliza Park International, weighed up the option and decided that despite the lure of the loot and Group 1 glory, the cracking colt would be better suited staying in Melbourne to continue a Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate campaign.
“The Golden Rose is a $1 million race and that is hard to bypass, especially with a colt like him,” Price said.
“But a trip to Sydney with the possibility of a heavy track might not prove beneficial to him and his goals as we go forward.
“The owners are happy to have him run in a Group 2 over 1200m down the Flemington straight on a better track than he’d get in Sydney. He’s won down the straight before, and after this run he can stay at home and look ahead to the Guineas and Cox Plate.”
Ready For Victory is one of a host of quality three-year-olds nominated for Saturday’s Group 2 Danehill Stakes. He resumed with a slashing second, beaten a head, in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago.
“He is in great condition and it suits at the moment to keep him fresh over the 1200m in his lead-up to the Guineas,” Price said.
Trainer Mick Price will send Ready For Victory around in Melbourne after the colt’s connections opted to bypass the $1 million Golden Rose in Sydney. Picture: Colleen Petch
Trainer Mick Price will send Ready For Victory around in Melbourne after the colt’s connections opted to bypass the $1 million Golden Rose in Sydney.
Other quality runners include the David Hayes/Tom Dabernig-trained Reemah, runner-up in the Blue Diamond last season; the Tommy Hughes-trained Black Vanquish who resumes after last start winning the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in May; last season’s Group 2 Silver Slipper winner at Rosehill, Headwater from the Team Hawkes camp, and impressive last start Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) winner Well Sprung.
This race has produced quality winners, including Falvelon (1999), Fastnet Rock (2004), Black Caviar (2009), Sepoy (2011) and Snitzerland (2012).
Meanwhile, Price also will continue with another smart colt, Prince Of Brooklyn, in the Listed Pin & Win Stakes.
“Dale Smith will take the ride and we all agree on the evidence of his first-up run (over 1200m) that the 1400m of this race will suit him a lot better,” Price said.
Prince Of Brooklyn was well fancied in the McNeil at Caulfield when resuming, but was beaten for early speed before running home strongly.