Mick Price’s smart three-year-old Prince Of Brooklyn is gearing up for a tough Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign this time in with an October target of the Caulfield Guineas 2015.
The undefeated Magnus colt has won his opening two career starts to date with a first-up win in the Group 3 National Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide on May 16 followed by a Swan Hill victory over 1300m in early June.
Price sent the progressive galloper for a spell after the non-black type victory to help him grow and mature ahead of the spring, his next campaign scheduled to kick off in the $150,000 Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) on Memsie Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse on August 29.
From there Price will head to Victoria’s famous Flemington racetrack for the $120,000 Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes (1400m) on September 12, the same day the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for three-year-olds takes centre stage in Sydney.
The horse is then scheduled to return to Caulfield third-up on September 26 for the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) before his run in the elite level – the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile on October 10.
Early Caulfield Guineas betting markets at bookmakers around the country are firmly led by Gai Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper winner Vancouver who returns to racing on Saturday at Rosehill in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
Prince Of Brooklyn meanwhile can be found further down the futures Caulfield Guineas odds at a current quote of $26 to win his maiden Group 1 at his first attempt.
The youngster trialled at Cranbourne on Monday on a Heavy (10) track and impressed his Caulfield-based trainer with the way he handled the conditions when beating home Mr Bobbi by one and a half lengths in heat 11 in a smart 48.93 seconds.
“His trial was very good and he handled the ground well,” Price told Racenet.
“After the McNeil he will run in the Henry Bucks at Flemington, the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and then the Caulfield Guineas.
“I’m confident he will get 1600 metres, I feel he has improved off albeit a shortish break.”
Price has a second hit-out on the agenda for Prince Of Brooklyn before his resuming run, confirming a Caulfield trial next Tuesday for the progressive galloper.
“That will give him a week and a half into the race on the 29th,” Price said.
“It’s a busy program and I will have to monitor him. I’d want him to have a full tank for the Guineas.”
Also returning to racing in the HDF McNeil Stakes for Price is fellow three-year-old Ready For Victory who trialled at Canterbury on Monday as well when beaten a lengthy by Kentucky Flyer in the morning’s ninth heat over 800m in 49.40 seconds.
Price confirmed plans to target the 2015 Golden Rose next month with More Than Ready colt Ready For Victory whose last start was a seventh behind the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
The Sires was run in the wet at Randwick on April 6, and like the trial this week, Ready For Victory didn’t really handle the rain-affected track.
“I reckon Ready For Victory will go to the Golden Rose,” Price said.
“His owners Sun International will be keen to chase Group I form with him.
“[Jockey] Damien Oliver said Ready For Victory was not entirely happy in the heavy over the last 200m which ties in with his Sires’ Produce Stakes run so we’ll avoid heavy tracks in the future.”
Before the Sires’ Produce, Ready For Victory won the Listed Festival of Racing 1000 at Flemington on debut on March 7 then ran fourth to Vancouver in the $3 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1400m) when beaten under two lengths a fortnight later.
Vancouver ($3.20) leads early Golden Rose betting at Ladbrokes.com.au followed by dual Group 1 winner Pride Of Dubai ($8), while Ready For Victory pays $17 for the upset.
After the Rose plans with Ready For Victory are to either run in the Caulfield Guineas or head towards the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Victoria Derby Day, October 31, to boost his value at stud.
“The Coolmore is a stallion-making race and if it looks like he is brilliant enough then that could be the way to go,” Price said.
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