Priceless Debut for 2013 Caulfield Guineas Hope

Mick Price’s promising young colt Longma has blitzed their race debut at Werribee on Wednesday showing all the signs they will be a competitive chance in the Caulfield Guineas 2013 this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The rising three-year-old Sebring colt was originally based at Ascot in Perth under the care of Trevor Andrews where they had two trials at home during the autumn both over just 400m in the mud.

They got another suitable Heavy-rated course today when they travelled to Victoria for their first official start at Werribee for new trainer, Caulfield-based Price who has had them in work for less than three months.

Going out as the odds-on $1.85 favourite in the $17,500 Ballarat Gold Rush Maiden Plate (1100m) Longma lived up to the hype to kick off their career in the best of ways.

Ridden by Craig Newitt from a nice gate two draw in the sprint showdown Longma made a mess of their rivals and beat home the runner-up Ladonia ($3.20) by an all too easy eight lengths.

The Peter Snowden-trained Berrichon ($4.4i0) then finished off the trifecta a further length away third in the exact order of the bookies’ odds.

Newitt was impressed by the speed Longma produced for their debut and was blown away by their winning margin even after he eased them up over the final 75 metres.

“I barely got out of neutral,” Newitt said.

“He’s shown us plenty at home, obviously the big query was the track today but he took care of that. He just towed me through it.

“He’s definitely city grade and once stretches to 12 or 1400 (metres) you’ll see him progress through his grades really well.”

It was exactly what winning trainer Price was hoping to see from his horse too as he prepares them for a shot at the $1 million Group 1 The Beck Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12 where they would have to stretch out to a mile.

“He’s very smart and very impressive, a Group horse coming,” Price said post-win.

“Craig Thompson, who manages him, has a target set on the Caulfield Guineas.

“He’s beaten most of the colts we have in work here and he’s a different horse in blinkers.”

Price is looking at the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on August 7 as the next-up run for Longma leading into the Caulfield Guineas 2013.

Price is also looking forward to the next run by another of his crop of rising three-year-olds with Worth A Ransom, also a chance for the Guineas later in the year, to run this Saturday at Flemington in the $80,000 Riverdale Inglis Bonus Plate (1400m).

Like their new stablemate Longma the Red Ransom colt was a brilliant winner on debut beating home a decent field by a minimum five and a half lengths at Echuca on July 8.

They will be out to retain their undefeated status this weekend when going to the big city for the first time, Price eager for another winning performance.

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