Mick Price Says Small Operation like His Can Field Good Horses

With Gailo Chop’s absence from the upcoming Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000 m weight-for-age) in Brisbane weekend next, others are seeing their prospects improve.

One of those is Mick Price, who will run Oregon’s Day in that race, and Price thinks that his chances are good. He also thinks that while his operation is not as large as that of some other trainers, his fortunes have prospered.

“We’re not doing too bad for a small stable,” Price said in remarks published by the AAP.

His four-year-old mare by Domesday from New Zealand’s Oregon Seal won the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800 m) at Gold Coast recently and the 200-metre step up in distance should not be a hindrance. It was the mare’s first win at Group level, although she came tantalisingly close in March when she took second in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500 m), losing be a neck to Daysee Doom.

“The pleasing part about her is she’s got that genuine distance in her between a mile and 2000 metres and that opens up a heap of options for her,” Price said.”The way she finished off the Hollindale was really pleasing.I think 2000 metres, around Doomben will be great for her and I think she’ll be a live chance to win a Group One.”

Price will have another horse going for Group 1 glory when Secret Agenda will try the Group 1 Goodwood the following weekend at Adelaide’s Morphettville racecourse.

“She’s trained on well since her Sangster run and will take her place in the Goodwood, no problem,” Price said.

Oregon’s Day is currently on the third line of the betting for the Doomben Cup and Secret Agenda occupies the same spot for the Goodwood, although she will have to beat Vega Magic in order to claim victory in the Goodwood.

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