Golden Slipper Stakes 2015: Mick Price’s Ready For Victory heavily outnumbered in dash for cash   Leave a comment

Golden Slipper Stakes 2015: Mick Price’s Ready For Victory heavily outnumbered in dash for cash

Mick Price and Ready For Victory will come up against Gai Waterhouse and John O’Shea on h

Mick Price and Ready For Victory will come up against Gai Waterhouse and John O’Shea on home turf in the Golden Slipper Stakes — and they have eight runners between them. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

MICK Price is getting ready for victory against the might of Gai Waterhouse and John O’Shea when he pits his sole runner against their combined eight combatants in Saturday’s $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill.

Price, whose charge Samaready finished third to Pierro in 2012, knows Ready For Victory “has a huge task” to win at only his second career start, but he is confident his two-year-old will figure prominently in the 1200m feature.

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The Caulfield trainer’s hopes of running in the Blue Diamond were thwarted when the colt suffered a cold, but he prepared him for an all-or-nothing debut in the Listed Festival Of Racing Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on March 7.

The colt won, coming from eight lengths off the speed at the 500m mark, to earn enough prizemoney to guarantee a start in the world’s richest juvenile race.

Mick Price acknowledges it will be a huge task for Ready For Victory to win the Golden Sl

Mick Price acknowledges it will be a huge task for Ready For Victory to win the Golden Slipper. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: News Corp Australia

Price has been busy preparing Ready For Victory to run the reverse way.

“He ran 1000m and came home the last 400m the reverse way on Saturday morning with Ibrahim Gundogdu on board,” Price said.

“He said the colt didn’t put a foot wrong and that he felt great. He didn’t change stride and he will do the same work again on Tuesday morning and travel to Sydney on Wednesday night.

“Look, it is a big task. He must travel to Sydney, run against the best two-year-olds the reverse way, all at only his second race start in two weeks.

“Samaready had an ideal preparation. She won the Blue Diamond and then went to Rosehill to win the Reisling Stakes a fortnight before the Slipper.

Nick Hall combines with Ready For Victory to runs down Damian Lane and Heatherly. Picture

Nick Hall combines with Ready For Victory to runs down Damian Lane and Heatherly. Picture: Colleen Petch Source:News Corp Australia

“But this bloke is good. The owners, Eliza Park International, run a stud farm and they want a stallion. If he wins the Slipper, the $340,000 they paid for him will look a super investment. He is a good type and he’s in it, so he can win it.”

The TAB rates Ready For Victory the $11 equal fourth favourite for the $3.5 million race, after he firmed from $101 before his debut win.

Price will come up against Gai Waterhouse and John O’Shea on home turf — and they have eight runners between them.

Waterhouse is aiming for her sixth Slipper success with $2.80 favourite Vancouver, Speak Fondly ($15), English ($15) and Flamboyant Lass ($101) in the contest.

O’Shea, representing the massive Godolphin international group, runs Exosphere ($4.60 second elect), Furnaces ($11), Haptic ($15), and Ottoman ($26).

The only other Victorian contender is the David Hayes/Tom Dabernig combination. They will run Blue Diamond runner-up Reemah ($26) and Haybah ($51), a last-start Listed winner in Adelaide.

GOLDEN SLIPPER (1200m)

Rosehill, Saturday

$2.80 Vancouver

$4.60 Exosphere

$8 Headway

$11 English, Furnaces

$15 Haptic, Lake Geneva, Ready For Victory, Speak Fondly

$26 Fireworks, Ottoman, Reemah

Odds: TAB

Originally published as Victory will come at a tall Price

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Posted March 17, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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