By Tony Megahey
Prolific regional trainer Robert Price has several value contenders at Monday’s strong Nowra seven-race TAB meeting, but says circumstances have changed dramatically at the popular south coast track.
“With those strong Warwick Farm stables coming here regularly now, it’s certainly a lot harder to win a race at Nowra,” offered Robert. He and his co-trackwork riding son Luke saddle up six runners on the program.
“We’ve got some cheeky chances throughout the day, a couple of nice progressive types, but with the ‘Farm boys here, it’s a tough day to win a race.” The 'Farm stables of respected Bjorn Baker, Marc Connors and Greg Hickman have numerous strong prospects.
Robert Price assessed his chances and considered his best prospects were last start maiden winner Mohican, dual race winner Vella Lonchick, and Canny Palance at big value.
“Mohican is still green but highly promising, he’s got a tricky gate but Kathy O’Hara will work it out; she got the job done on him last start and he’s progressed nicely,” he said.
Mohican was heavily supported ($15 into $8) and won by a widening margin over the Nowra 1600m. The four-year-old Authorized gelding contests a Husky Carnival BM 52 (1600m).
Dual winner Vella Lonchick is in a Shoalhaven City Council BM 59 (1200m) for in-form Winona Costin.
Winona and the Price stable have formed a hugely successful combination on South Coast tracks. Costin rode Price’s career-best four winners at a Moruya Christmas meeting two seasons ago, and the regional winners have been regular ever since.
“It took us a while to work this mare out, but I like her as she’s got no weight with Winona, she’ll be strong again at 1200m and she’s fitter for three runs back this prep.”
Canny Palance has a moderate strike race of just the solitary win but a string of placings going into a Shoalhaven Superheroes Class I (1100m).
“He's fitter, really honest without breaking through and the last run was better than it looked - can be in the finish at value.”
Satin Silks in the opening race was about to be sacked and given away as a “kids pony club gift” but won at long-odds for Price at Moruya last preparation.
“She’ll be better over more ground and with race fitness. But she trialled okay, we’re happy with her, so maybe another cheeky chance with Kathy on.”
The Nowra track is presently rated a 'soft 7'.