By Tony Megahey
If the heroics of Robert and Luke Price’s record four winners at the corresponding Moruya TAB Christmas meet of 2015 is aiming a trifle high, the premiership stable remains confident of a highly successful day at Sunday’s seven-race TAB meeting.
“Going through the form, it shapes as a good day for us, we’ve got strong chances going into suitable races,” enthused Luke who rides the stable track-work with his father.
That memorable 2014 afternoon at the popular South Coast circuit, saw a rising apprentice Winona Costin ride four winners in the same season she rode a phenomenal five winners at the Sapphire Coast.
“That was an amazing day for Dad, his career best, and Winon is on a couple of ours on Sunday, and Scott Pollard and Brock Ryan a claimer on the others,” Luke said.
The stable opens the day with a decent opinion of unraced Swirling Moss in the M2M Maiden over 920m, ridden by Ryan.
“He trialled really impressively at Nowra, immature but plenty of ability and upside,” Luke offered.
“The 920m might be a touch short at this stage, but on what he’s shown, he’ll run us a race.”
Canny Palance with a moderate strike rate of just the one maiden win contests the Smith and Co Tiles Class 2, (1300m).
“Small field but tricky race with a couple of last start winners, ours will be competitive again,” Luke said.
Budderoo Knight, a five race winner and with city form, resumes from a spell in the Elder’s Real Estate Christmas Sprint (1010m) to be ridden by Winona.
“I’ve been riding him work and he’s come back flying,” Luke said. “He’ll get back but they’ll know he’s there the last 100 metres.”
Maiden Robbery contests the Bateman’s Bay Accommodation Maiden (1300m) for Pollard.
“He’s been disappointing since a couple of early placings; we’re trying the blinkers, he has improved and he’s drawn okay in a moderate maiden,” Luke said.
Performed sprinter Noble Joey has the huge impost of 64kgs for the feature, the Community Christmas Cup (1300m).
“He’s the class runner with six wins and city form,” Luke said. “The 64kgs tells you that but so much dead weight makes it a big ask. He’s worked well though, he’s had a jump out since his last run in town last month and he’s way down in class from a race won by a smart horse in Redouble.”
Moruya missed some steady rain further south and at present have a good 4 track rating. Track officials are catering for a typical bumper holiday crowd.