Dwayne Dunn and Pilly’s Wish manage to hang on as they are swamped in the Thurgood Family Plate   Leave a comment

Mick Price enjoys double on eve of stable star Lankan Rupee’s return

Dwayne Dunn and Pilly's Wish manage to hang on as they are swamped in the Thurgood Family

Dwayne Dunn and Pilly’s Wish manage to hang on as they are swamped in the Thurgood Family Plate. Picture: Getty Images

MICK Price treated himself to a double at Caulfield on Saturday as he prepares to welcome Lankan Rupee back into his stables for another spring campaign.

Price said his star sprinter was in pre-training and would return to Caulfield next week with a view of running in the Group 2 1000m Schillaci Stakes on October 10.

Price said Lankan Rupee’s campaign would also include the 1200m Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week.

“We might also have to run him at Moonee Valley, but it’s not his course. We have to smash him there just to get him to win,” Price said.

Lankan Rupee has had two wins at the Valley from five starts, but Price was referring to the horse being beaten twice at the course last year when starting odds-on favourite before winning the Manikato Stakes.

Price scored early at Caulfield on Saturday with $3-favourite Pilly’s Wish winning the 1200m Thurgood Family Plate and then again in the 1400m fifth event with the well-backed Volcanic Ash ($4.90).

Jockey Dwayne Dunne rode his 50th winner of the season on Pilly’s Wish and drew level again with the suspended Craig Williams in the metropolitan jockeys’ premiership.

His win on Miss Promiscuity ($13.50) in the Sir John Monash Stakes took him to the front.

Damien Oliver and Volcanic Ash take out the fifth race. Picture: Getty Images

Damien Oliver and Volcanic Ash take out the fifth race. Picture: Getty Images

The other title contender Damien Oliver scored his 49th winner on Price’s Volcanic Ash, a late pick up ride after Dean Yendall forfeited the mount because of a bad back and Oliver’s original mount Duaneo was scratched.

Price said Volcanic Ash was a promising horse and the win carried extra significance because his brother Neville was a part owner.

“It was really good to see him race professionally today, hit the line properly and 1400m is a nice journey for him at this stage,” Price said.

“My genius brother has got five per cent so I’ll have to get the post-race summary 14 times.”

Price said Volcanic Ash would go to another 1400m race in two weeks’ time, while stablemate Duke Of Brunswick which was scratched from the same race would run at Flemington next week.

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Posted July 5, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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