Price Confident in Lankan Rupee’s Fitness for 2015 TJ Smith Stakes

March 24, 2015

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Price Confident in Lankan Rupee’s Fitness for 2015 TJ Smith Stakes

Five-year-old gelding Lankan Rupee suffered a torn off-front pectoral muscle and stifle inflammation during the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 14 but should be able to bounce back and defend his title in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 4.

Lankan Rupee will be fit to defend his title in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes.

Lankan Rupee will be fit to defend his title in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Lankan Rupee was the $3 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to win the Newmarket Handicap after his dominant victory in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up on February 21. The gelding was restrained early and raced keenly on the standside of the field. He tracked the leading trio and was poised to strike at the 300m but his run peaked, falling away sharply to finish four and a half length behind winner Brazen Beau in sixth place.

The five-time Group One winner failed to defend his title in the Newmarket Handicap but trainer Mick Price is confident he’ll be fit for the 2015 TJ Smith Stakes, after winning last year’s race by two lengths, with the injuries down to simple wear and tear after 22 competitive starts.

Lankan Rupee has undergone ultrasound treatment to his chest, treatment to his stifles, and is exercising on the water walker.

“I didn’t want them (the injuries) to appear in the Newmarket. I would have preferred it on the training track at home,” Price told Sky Racing.

“But it gives me two weeks to the TJ Smith.

“We’ll do some work with him at Caulfield or I might send him to Sydney. I’ll just have a think about that one, but I think he’ll bounce back well.”

It’s not the first time the five-year-old has suffered injury issues, he missed the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) on October 11 due to a quarter crack in his heel before returning for a minor placing in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8.

Price will also saddle Ready For Victory at Randwick on April 4 in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m), after the colt pulled up well from his fourth placing behind Vancouver in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on Saturday.

The trainer is confident he can walk away from day one of The Championships with two Group One victories to his name.

“He pulled up great, had a swim this morning and will go towards the Sires’,” Price said.

“We’ll mess around with his gear and we’ve got until Wednesday week to make a decision.

“He’ll take his place and Lankan Rupee will take his place and I’ll win two Group Ones in a day.”

Lankan Rupee is the $5 third favourite in the TJ Smith futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au. Open your account today to receive up to $250 in a bonus match on your first bet.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Memes Vies for 2018 Expressway...

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Ta...

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes Target for Houtzen

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2018 in Adelaide this May could be calling for Toby...

Redzel To Beat Winx in Sydney ...

Redzel To Beat Winx in Sydney Trial on Monday

The world’s best mare Winx will be on show under the public eye for the first...

Mr Sneaky Cheeky Chance for La...

Mr Sneaky Cheeky Chance for Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes 2018

Group 1 placed Mr Sneaky could target the 2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes...

Australia Day Cup Calls for 20...

Australia Day Cup Calls for 2018 Gosford Cup Winner Singing

Race favourite Singing continued his purple patch of form as an...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field