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Duke out, Price hopes rest with Ash

Volcanic Ash

Volcanic Ash (Image: Slickpix)

“I just couldn’t work out how he could win that race from (barrier) 13 out of 13,” Price told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN.

Mick Price’s chances of victory in the Mypunter.com Join Today Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday will rest with Volcanic Ash.

The top trainer has withdrawn the other three-year-old he has engaged in the $80,000 event over 1400 metres.

Price is keen to run Duke Of Brunswick in the $120,000 Silver Bowl Final (1600m) at Flemington the following Saturday and said going around from the outside barrier this weekend might have hindered his hopes of victory in that event.

“I wouldn’t want to see him posted deep with no cover working and I think it would take away his chances form running next Saturday, so we’ll scratch and run next Saturday I think.”

Duke Of Brunswick was the joint second favourite for the Mypunter.com Join Today Handicap, but Price will still have the main danger to favourite Raposo with Volcanic Ash also on the second line on betting.

The grey gelding finished a close second to Duke Of Brunswick at Sale last time out, which followed a disappointing run at Moonee Valley in blinkers, and Price said he was happy with the condition of the son of Magnus.

WATCH: Volcanic Ash and Duke Of Brunswick’s battle at Sale

“I reckon I might have cooked him at Moonee Valley with the blinkers on, he just sort of charged into the bridle (that day),” he said.

“But he went super the other day at Sale when he had another dip on the line and nearly picked up Duke Of Brunswick.

“I’m not underestimating him. I think he’ll run very well.”

Volcanic Ash is one of two leading chances Price will saddle at Caulfield with Pilly’s Wish the $3 favourite for the $80,000 Thurgood Family Plate (1200m), which is the second race on the card.

The daughter of Bel Esprit is coming off a win and a second placing in 1000m events at Moonee Valley and Price said so long as she handles Caulfield as well as she does the StrathAyr circuit she would be hard to beat.

“If she doesn’t jar up it’s a winnable race for her,” he said. “The 1200’s not a problem.

“She’s a tricky filly to train but I’m quite happy with the way her form is and the way she’s attacking the line. So, with a little bit of give in the ground she’s a winning chance.”


Posted July 4, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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