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A Monday Echuca win by an impressive margin has Caulfield horseman Mick Price excited over his the 2013 Caulfield Guineas prospects of his up-and-coming colt Worth A Ransom this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
A nicely-bred son of Red Ransom out of Danehill mare Meritous, Worth A Ransom made their race debut on Wednesday at the country Victorian course on the banks of the Murray River.
It was a very impressive first effort too with the promising youngster beating home stablemate Kwanza by an easy five and a half lengths in the $15,000 Electrical Echuca Moama Plate (1200m) for maiden juveniles.
Ridden by Michael Walker the horse travelled nicely over to the fence and looked at ease up in front, showing a nice turn of foot at the top of the straight to win running away.
The debut prize was made all the more sweeter too with Worth A Ransom snaring more than $29,000 thanks in part to the $20,000 VOBIS Gold Bonus scheme which Price was quick to credit post-win.
“The prize money is better than a midweek city race so it’s a fantastic scheme for the Victorian racing industry,” he said.
“John and Betty Hoare bred him and John is very ill in hospital at the moment so it was a great tonic for Betty.
“We encouraged John to pay up for this year’s yearlings to both Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold and he’s basically got a $30,000 return on a $15,000 maiden.”
While there is a long way to go from there to a spring Group 1, Price is confident Worth A Ransom has the makings to do so with the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on Saturday October 12 firmly in his sights.
“He’s a very nice horse, he’s a learner and I think he will get a mile,” Price said on Monday.
“I would like to get a little bit ambitious with him; he’s a lovely big strong 16.1/16.2 hands colt with a big set of lungs on him.
“The main thing is that he drew away and put himself in a different category to the rest of the field today and I believe there is still good areas of improvement in him.”
Following their barnstorming debut Price plans to send Worth A Ransom to the paddock for two to three weeks to recover before bringing them back for an acid test in something like the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 31.
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