Pleased with the way each took to their maiden racing preparations through the 2014 autumn, trainer Mick Price has confirmed exciting colts Jabali and Cornrow will contest the same path through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, beginning with the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 16th.
Neither able to break through for a race win over autumn, both Jabali and Cornrow have more than stamped their claims as legitimate contenders in three-year-old events through spring via placings in Group 1 events; Jabali second in the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Cornrow third in both the Blue Diamond and ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Outlining the Vain Stakes as the first point of call for the classy stable mates, Price said the pair will then progress to the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield a fortnight later before heading to Sydney for the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1200m) and return to Melbourne for the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11th.
Having each taken well to work since returning to Price’s stables, the Caulfield trainer outlined a plan towards making both Group 1-winning stallions this spring.
“The Golden Rose and the Caulfield Guineas are the two main races I want to run them in to try and make stallions out of them both,” Price told Racing Victoria.
“They’ll both be entered for Cox Plate as well.
“Jabali is probably a bit of a quicker horse than Cornrow at this stage which is what we saw in the Blue Diamond, but they’ve both made physical improvement.
“Cornrow is a big, strong animal now and has put on around 30 kilos. He’ll trial next Tuesday and I’m allowing for him to have two trials before he goes to the races.”
Claiming three places from just five competitive starts, Jabali displayed a keen final straight sprint to finish second to Rubick in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) first-up this year; repeating the dose just two weeks later in the Group 1 feature.
Securing five places from seven starts, Cornrow was without doubt one of the most consistent two-year-olds over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, and was arguably the most talented runner not to break through for a race win.
With the Golden Rose now less-than two months away, early betting markets are available with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au for the season’s first Group 1 for three-year-olds, in which Jabali is available at generous odds of $26 for success, while Cornrow can be taken at a quote of $41.
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