The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr stable continued its memorable May when it took training honours at Caulfield with a winning treble on its home track.
At the two previous Saturday meetings at Flemington, the stable had produced winning doubles including Oceanex in The Andrew Ramsden to secure a start in the Melbourne Cup.
Their winners on Saturday were three-year-old gelding Right You Are, sprinter Tavisan and Heptagon, who is trained at their Warrnambool stables.
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They also trained the quinella in the Nick Johnstone Real Estate Handicap (1600m, 3YO) when three-year-old gelding Right You Are defeated filly Librate narrowly.
In terms of the future it was that win Price was but excited about, although he cautioned he’s got a lot to learn.
“He waited for the other horse in the closing stages. I’ll take him through his grades and can teach him as he goes along,” Price said.
Price said Right You Are would have his next start at Flemington on June 20 over 2000m against his own age group.
Jockey Damien Oliver pilots Right You Are to victory.Source:AAP
“After this win his rating will be 72 to 73 so there’s a long way to go before we can start making plans about spring and things like that. He’ll be a four-year-old in the spring so it’s still early days,” he said.
“He had a good gate, nice ride and the best horse won. I think he’s a really interesting horse. He’ll get 2000m, no problem.
“He’s got a good set of lungs and he’s always clean winded in trackwork. He’s a lovely, sound horse. He’s got a bit to learn but I think we’re just taking him through the grades to capitalise on these $100,000 races and make a horse out of him.
Trainer Mick Price picked up a treble on his home turf.Source:AAP
“Not sure what happens given that the spring is back a bit now, whether he’ll be an early four-year-old, but we’re going to play around with him.”
His jockey Damien Oliver described him as “quirky” and that he did a few little things wrong.
Right You Are ($2.90 fav) defeated Librate by a short head with Translator ($9.50) a length and a quarter away third.
The stable later made it a winning double when Tavisan took out the 1100m sprint.
Price said they would continue to target sprints with Tavisan over winter.
Price said Heptagon, who was ridden by apprentice Lewis German to win the Vale Kevin O’Brien Handicap (1400m), said being prepared at Warrnambool had led to a transformation in his attitude to being “a happy horse”.
He said it was likely Heptagon would run in next Sunday’s Swan Hill Cup.
Lewis German rides Heptagon to victory to complete the stable treble.Source:AAP
DABERNIG: SIKORSKY HAD NO EXCUSES
Punters were left lamenting after the shortest priced favourite for the day, the $1.85 Sikorsky was beaten in the last stride by $15 chance All Too Huiying in the Benchmark 84 (1600m).
Co-trainer of Sikorsky, Tom Dabernig said Sikorsky had his opportunity to win.
“There’s no excuses. The tempo was against him and we were caught when trying to slot in but had to go outside the leader which left him there as a sitting shot,” Dabernig said.
“It was a good run but we know now that we need a strong tempo and cover.”
Sikorsky’s jockey Damien Oliver was forced to push forward and sit outside the leader in the early part as the horse was over-racing.
Sikorsky still looked likely to win but tired in the closing stages and All Too Huiying’s trainer Phillip Stokes said it was the ride of apprentice Michael Poy which secured them victory.
“He gave him a good ride so that he was strong late,” Stokes said.
Stokes wasn’t surprised by the win because All Too Huiying run well at his previous start when fourth in the Group 3 Lee Stakes at Morphettville. “I think he’s a horse that we’ll step up to 2000m now. He’s found form,” Stokes said.
Poy said he settled him in the run where he was happy.
“He came back in my lap a bit and got on the chewy for a few strides, but when I asked him to let down he went super and straightened. Hopefully he can stay in Melbourne and go on with it,” he said.
TAB BIG BETS
Valaquenta attracted some nice support throughout the day in the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (1100m).
Hovering around the $5.50 mark for most of the day, the Godolphin runner touched $7 briefly late in betting before a late rally saw it start $6.50.
In a driving finish, Brad Rawiller got the best out of the son of Street Boss to nose out Nantucket ($7.50) with the popular Crystal Chief ($5) close up in third.
Easily the most popular runner here was Island Joy ($4.60-$3.90-$4.20) which went around with 39 per cent of the total investment.
BETS: Island Joy $3,000 @ $4.20, $2,000 @ $3.90
BETS: Crystal Chief $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Jabali Ridge $1,000 @ $10
BETS: Nantucket $1,000 @ $7.50
Broadwayandfourth was the second best supported runner in the Super Box Race Day Hamper Handicap (1100m).
After the late scratching of Somals, which had been well tried, it was Pauls regret and Broadwayandfourth which dominated the hold along with Felicia ($6).
Powering home under Ben Melham, the filly was too strong for Absolute Flirt ($6.50) which carried some nice each way investments.
BETS: Broadwayandfourth $1,500 @ $5.50
BETS: Pauls Regret $2,720 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50
Ruban Bleu had plenty of admirers in the third event on the card from Caulfield.
The Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig runner was the second most popular runner in terms of money held, with only Leiter ($5-$4.80) holding more.
Lachie King timed his run to perfection as the pair finished best down the outside to hold off the big firmer I’m Telling Ya ($11-$5) which flashed home from last on the turn. Scottish Rogue ($8-$12) filled the minors in front of Leiter.
BETS: Im Telling Ya $4,000 @ $5, $2,000 @ $5
BETS: Leiter $2,000 @ $4.80, $1,600 @ $4.80, $1,000 @ $4.60
The ‘good thing’ of the day landed plenty of big bets in the running of the Nick Johnstone Real Estate Handicap (1600m).
The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr runner went around with a tick over half the total investment and was six times as popular as anything else in the race.
Settling just off the speed, the son of So You Think overpowered his rivals late to beat Librate ($6.50-$8) which didn’t give it away without a fight. Translator ($10) got out late to grab third.
Right You Are opened the day at $2.70 and bottomed out at $2.40 before starting a very popular $2.80 favourite.
BETS: Right You Are $2,500 @ $2.80, $1,600 @ $2.80, $1,500 @ $2.80, $1,000 @ $2.80 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $2.60, $3,000 @ $2.50, $2,000 @ $2.50
Tavisan led throughout to win the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100m).
Giving the Mick price & Michael Kent Jnr stable their second win of the day, Tavisan ($6.50-$8) got the wobbles late in betting as the heavy support came for News Girl ($$3.30-$3.90-$3.50) and Never Again ($13-$6.50), the latter being backed since the morning.
News Girl was nearly three times as popular as anything else in the race.
BETS: Tavisan $1,250 @ $7.50
BETS: Inn Keeper $1,000 @ $9
BETS: News Girl $1,000 @ $3.70 TWICE, $2,700 @ $3.50
BETS: Never Again $1,000 @ $8, $2,000 @ $7, $2,000 @ $6.50
Favourite backers were sent packing after the heavily tried Sikorsky was nailed on the line by All Too Huiying.
Sikorsky ($1.85) went around as one of the most popular runners across the country today, commanding 61 per cent of the money in the seventh event over 1600 metres.
Hitting the front early in the straight, Sikorsky kept fighting but couldn’t hold off All Too Huiying ($9.50-$15) which nailed it on the line.
No Say In It ($9) had some admirers and wound up third in front of Bartholemeu Dias ($8.50) which was also specked.
BETS: Sikorsky $5,000 @ $2, $10,000 @ $1.90, $2,000 @ $1.90, $8,000 @ $1.85, $6,750 @ $1.85, $13,500 @ $1.80
BETS: No Say In It $2,000 @ $9
Heptagon defied a late betting drift to get the cash in the Vale Kevin O’Brien Handicap (1400m).
Yet another winner for the Price & Kent Jnr stable, Heptagon went $7-$9.50 on the day as punters specked a number of runners in one of the most open betting affairs on the day.
Biometric ($13-$7.50) was a notable firmer as was Lim’s Lightning ($17-$9.50) while the favoured runners in the morning all got the wobbles late including Jumbo Ozaki ($3.60-$4.60) and Victoria Star ($5-$7.50).
Kaplumpich ($8.50-$10-$8.50) ran on for second in front of Victoria Star and Jumbo Ozaki.
BETS: Victoria Star $1,000 @ $7
BETS: Jumbo Ozaki $2,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Danon Roman $1,520 @ $18
One of the more popular runners in the final event was Mahamedeis.
The Nick Ryan runner was the second most popular horse behind Girl Tuesday and was pretty solid at the $5.
Launching late, Mahamedeis held out Pacodali ($13-$8) and Hang Man ($6-$8.50) to land some nice bets.
BETS: Mahamedeis $2,500 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Super Titus $5,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $9/$3
BETS: Hang Man $1,500 @ $7
BETS: Girl Tuesday $1,300 @ $7
BETS: Carzoff $1,000 @ $10
BETS: Inverloch $2,500 e/w @ $13/$3.90
Originally published asStable’s incredible May continues with home trifecta
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