Co-trainers Robert and Luke Price are coming up to Sydney again on Sunday looking to continue the success in town after taking out the Percy Sykes Stakes last week with top filly Jamaea.
Robert Price said the team had a good Saturday night last weekend celebrating the Headwater two-year-old’s upset win.
“You come back to earth when you wake up in the cold mornings and have to do it all again,” Price said.
“She’s pulled up good but she’s gone to the paddock for a month at this stage. There’s no plan set in stone yet.
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“She’s a Magic Millions filly so the world is her oyster. She’s done a good job in her five starts.
“There’s nowhere to hide now but I can see her getting better, not worse. It’s not about training her now, it’s about managing her.”
At Randwick the Price men have three good chances on the Kensington track with Count De Rupee in the sixth event.
The three-year-old is first-up and looking to improve on an emerging record of 7-3:2:1.
“I’m really happy with him. He might be on the fresh side for 1250m first-up but it’s difficult to find races for him at the moment with the carnival being on but this is a good race to kick off,” Price said.
“He’s only had one soft trial and Tommy (Berry) came down and rode him. We’ve kept him ticking over.”
Jamaea won the Percy Sykes Stakes last week for trainers Robert and Luke Price. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
A Good-rated track will help his chances from an inside gate and now with the carnival finishing up in Sydney on Saturday, expect to see him trying to win on a Saturday soon.
“He’s a really, really nice horse. He’ll be well in the market and I agree with that. A few scratchings will help too,” Price said.
“I think you’ll find most of the Japanese (bred) horses don’t like the wet but he’s the sort of horse that’s going to tolerate it because there’s a bit on the mares side that likes it.”
Our Bambino runs in the opening race for stayers over 2400m after a determined win at 2100m last start at Hawkesbury.
“He’s taken a while to school. He’s a tricky one and he likes the drag the riders into the race. He doesn’t like the riders dictating to him,” Price said.
“Rachel King put him into a tight opening and he got buffeted around but he kept sticking his neck out and maybe he’s turned the corner.
“He’s a talented horse but he just couldn’t get there. Some days he’d put in a terrible run then come back and run well again. He’s just got to get his head right.”
Accoy looks to have a job ahead of her as the lowest rated horse in the second race but the Price stable has entered in it to get the light weight before targeting the Wagga carnival.
“She’s really hard to place and we didn’t want to go around first-up carrying weight in the country,” Price said.
“We want to take her to Wagga next start for a mares race.
“She’ll be a broodmare this season coming.’’
MATT JONES’ TOP SELECTIONS
Race 3 No.5: GREEN FLASH
This well-bred colt won at odds on at his first start then came from well back to run on at Canterbury and he’ll love this track much more.
Race 5 No.11: PESTO
The import put the writing on the wall at his Australian debut in Melbourne and going up to 1800m will only enhance his chances of winning.
Race 4 No.1: TYCOONIST
Rubamos will start favourite but he’s got much stronger formlines and might be able to upset his stablemate here.
Race 4: 1, 4, 5
Race 5: 3, 8, 11
Race 6: 3, 7, 8, 9
Race 7: 7, 8, 11
TRAINER TO WATCH
John O’Shea’s Fashchanel, Sidearm and Le Gai Soleil can give the local trainer a winning treble.
JOCKEY TO WATCH
Tommy Berry can win races on Our Bambino, Grace And Harmony, Count De Rupee, Bound To Win and the exciting import Pesto.
INSIDE MAIL: RANDWICK KENSINGTON
You can’t question Alakahan’s fitness heading into this. He’s got a heap of miles under the legs and will get an ideal run in transit which is obviously crucial over 2400m. He is a bit of a non-winner though. The penny might have dropped for Our Bambino who pushed through a tight gap to win last start at Hawkesbury over 2100m which came off a four-week break so he’ll take a lot out of that, fitness-wise. The extra 4.5kg is the issue. Selica was coming back at Our Bambino on the line last start and she gets a 3.5kg swing at the weights now which has to play a big part.
Bet: Selica to win
Fashchanel is a consistent type but her connections no doubt would be disappointed with the lack of wins but she’s never far off and ran close behind Harmony Rose the last time she ran on this track. Has to be in the finish and deserves some luck. Betty Blooms won over 1200m first-up which was a bonus because she looked like she wanted the 1400m and gets that now and runs well at this track. Snippy Fox is undefeated second-up and there doesn’t look to be a hole in her amour but has a wide draw to contend with. This is a typical fillies and mares race with many chances.
Bet: Quinella 1, 2
Green Flash was making up ground late over 1200m after getting back and coming home wide which isn’t the best formula at Canterbury. Up to 1550m now and on a bigger track will give him his chance. Tampering comes off a poor run but has bounced back off them in the past. Grace And Harmony didn’t let the punters down at Newcastle when winning as a $1.35 chance while going away from them on the line and looking like she wanted 1400m. We find out just how good she is at start four. Sidearm owes the punters one here while Echo Point will be the leader into the straight and will give a good sight.
Bet: Green Flash to win
Rubamos was a runaway winner first-up at his second start when produced as a gelding and with a good draw he’ll get a great run in transit and there shouldn’t be excuses for him not to go on with it. Tycoonist drops in grade for his fresh run after racing in Saturday company a lot last time in when far from disgraced and the apprentice’s claim gives him a winning weight. Perfect Radiance also drops back in grad off a Stakes flop so she’s worth another chance at the midweeks. Hot Spring Gold got a confidence boosting win at start 10 which is unusual for the Waller stable so they must like him.
Bet: Tycoonist to win
Typical Team Hawkes placement here with Pesto. The import ran on very well at his first start in Australia at Caulfield over 1400m and going straight up to 1800m shouldn’t bother him, particularly with his light weight. These imports normally take a prep to get used to Australian racing but he might not be one of them. Stockman has shown a lot of promise from a young age and if he starts to live up to it he’ll be aimed at a Stakes race soon no doubt and he’ll like this track more than Canterbury. Aliferous finds this easier than the Group races she’s been contesting for some time now.
Bet: Pesto to win
Pesto finished a close second in his Australian debut. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Count De Rupee is ready to win fresh from a good gate even if he might be a bit on the fresh side for 1250m according to the stable. Tommy Berry went down to Kembla Grange to trial him and he can improve on a handy record already. With More Prophets expected to be scratched it opens it up for El Buena and he won from near last at Canterbury first-up which doesn’t happen too often. Vitesse will be better for the run but still looks overs at around $20. Smart Image is undefeated first-up and while not looking extremely flash in trial it was against some top liners.
Bet: Count De Rupee to win
Bound To Win was scratched from Randwick on Saturday and she’ll need luck from the gate to win this but she’ll be rattling home late. The big challenge is Le Gai Soleil who was soft on the line in winning first-up at Warwick Farm and she’s won two from three at the track and three from three at 1400m. Yamazaki will need a good Hugh Bowman ride from the wide draw but she’s got the ability to get back and storm home which she’s done in higher grade races than this in the past.
Bet: Exacta 9, 7
Originally published asKensington tips: Price pair chase more city success
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