2014 Caulfield Guineas Goal for Price Pair

July 23rd, 2014
Cornrow (inside)

Cornrow (inside) is one of two 2014 Caulfield Guineas-bound colts for trainer Mick Price this spring.Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Local horseman Mick Price is preparing to make a two-pronged assault on the Caulfield Guineas 2014 field this year with his Group 1 performed duo of Jabali and Cornrow both heading towards the feature.

The pair of rising three-year-olds will be put on the exact same Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival path with Price hoping one of them can take out the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for him on October 11.

Their first-up run is scheduled for next month with early bragging rights to be decided in the $150,000 Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield Racecourse on August 16.

Exceed And Excel colt Jabali will be racing for the first time since April 5 when they could only manage to finish seven and a half lengths away 11th to Mossfun in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

Earlier in the autumn however they were runner-up at the highest level behind the Darley-owned filly Earthquake, subsequent Golden Slipper second placegetter, at Caulfield in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Their stable mate Cornrow is also Group 1 placed from last season, the son of Duporth having finished third when beaten a notable six lengths by the winner Peggy Jean in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 12.

That followed from their also disappointing Slipper run (15th) and an earlier third when only a long neck further back than Jabali in the Blue Diamond.

“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,” Price said this week.

“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.”

After their resuming run in the Vain Stakes Price has the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) back at the track a fortnight later on the cards.

He then plans to take the two to Sydney again for a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 13 before heading to Melbourne for the Guineas.

“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.

Both youngsters will also be nominated for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25, won last year by a three-year-old maiden in Shamus Award.

“They’ll both be entered for Cox Plate as well,” Price confirmed.

Current Caulfield Guineas odds are led by Gai Waterhouse’s JJ Atkins winner Almalad at $9.

Further down the markets Price’s hopefuls can be found at $26 to win.

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