TJ Smith, Inglis Sires: Mick Price eyes big payday in Randwick Group 1s   Leave a comment

TJ Smith, Inglis Sires: Mick Price eyes big payday in Randwick Group 1s

Lankan Rupee is paying $6 for the T.J. Smith Stakes. Picture: George Salpigtidis

Lankan Rupee is paying $6 for the T.J. Smith Stakes. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: News Corp Australia

CAULFIELD trainer Mick Price is aiming for the biggest payday of his training career when his established champ Lankan Rupee and his potential star Ready For Victory race for a combined $2 million at Randwick on Saturday.

Price, who would pocket $200,000 if the former defended his TJ Smith Stakes title and the latter saluted in the Inglis Sires, has tackled multiple Group 1 features before but never for the riches on offer.

“The prizemoney is amazing and it is great to have two genuine chances in feature Group 1 races,” Price said.

Lankan Rupee arrived in Sydney yesterday morning and Price will gallop him on the Randwick dirt track this morning in his final workout before the $2.5 million dash over 1200m.

The gelding thrashed a quality field in the race last year _ on a rain-affected track that is likely to present again this year _ to clinch the Australian Racehorse of the Year title after successes in the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap.

“He put in a below average run for him in the Newmarket Handicap at his last run. His first 400m was seven lengths slower than he ran the previous year. All the jockeys except Joao Moreira (on winner Brazen Beau) were involved in jockeying for position and that didn’t suit,” Price said.

He said he would instruct jockey Craig Newitt, who again will return from Singapore to take the ride, to be more positive in the TJ Smith. He drew favourably in barrier 4, while his main rivals Chautauqua (9) and Terravista (10) didn’t fare so well in the field of 11.

“It surprised me how the Newmarket was run. I will be asking Craig to ride more positively to give him every chance and there will be no excuses.

“He (Lankan Rupee) doesn’t go well when he is held up too much. I don’t want him to be the bunny but I also don’t want him to be restrained too much.”

Price said the five-year-old, who is rated the $6 third favourite behind Chautauqua ($2.60) and Terravista ($3.20), was treated by a chiropractor and had ultrasound treatment after he tore a chest muscle during the Newmarket. “But you don’t find out if he is 100 per cent unless you put the acid test on them in a race,” he said.

Price also has high hopes with Ready For Victory, the $4.60 equal second elect with Golden Slipper runner-up English in the 1400m Sires behind Blue Diamond winner Pride Of Dubai ($3.50), although he drew barrier eight of 11.

He still shakes his head that the colt raced erratically and drifted towards the outside rail when less than two lengths behind Vancouver in the Group 1 Golden Slipper a fortnight ago.

“I’ll use a lugging bit on him. I’ve tried blinkers (at trackwork) but he won’t wear them.

“I had a look at him on Friday. He has settled in well at Randwick after moving from Rosehill and he’s had a couple of gallops there. I just want him to have every chance in the race because it is difficult to win these races if you are running sideways.

“It is a tough assignment again. He’s been working the Sydney way without a problem but as much as I’m happy with that he is still learning. We’ll know more when he tackles the pressure of a race like this.”


Randwick, Saturday 4.30pm

$2.60 Chautauqua

$3.20 Terravista

$6 Lankan Rupee, Sweet Idea

$26 Fast ‘N’ Rocking, Tiger Tees

$51 Famous Shamus, Lord Of The Sky, Rain Affair

$101 Fontelina, Press Report

Odds TAB


Randwick Saturday 3.10pm

$3.50 Pride Of Dubai

$4.60 Ready For Victory, English

$8 Pasadena Girl

$11 Always Allison, Odyssey Moon

$15 Rageese, Tarquin

$26 Perignon

$51 Mishani Honcho

$101 Queen Of Wands

Odds TAB

Originally published as Price eyes huge payday at Randwick


Posted April 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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