By Tony Megahey
Multiple regional premiership winners Team Price are high in confidence with numbers and convincing form lines throughout Nowra’s seven-race TAB meeting on Friday which is also shaping as a great day for the Irish.
It’s been weeks of extremes at the popular Shoalhaven track that will race in rain affected conditions after having its previous meeting abandoned through bush fires, high temperatures and poor air quality.
“We’ve got nice chances all day but we’ve also ‘nommed’ at Kembla depending on track conditions - tonight will tell us how Nowra will play but more showers are forecast, so it’s a waiting game,” explains Luke Price who maintains stables at Kembla and Berry with his father Robert.
Rising Irish apprentices Tom “Terrific” Sherry and Ellen Hennessy are in demand, Sherry in particular in super form coming off a recent winning treble at Kembla and another winner at Scone, reducing his claim to 2kg.
Hennessy has ridden two recent winners at Queanbeyan and her 3kg remains keenly sought after.
Sherry has been getting rave reviews from numerous stables and in-form Bjorn Baker is the latest to utilise his talents and claim.
“Both are really capable and value, their stats tell you that,'' Luke Price said.
"We’ve got Ellen on Budderoo Knight again, she rode him a treat previously and the form around him is really strong - tidy third to Man of Peace and it then won at Randwick.
“He’s race fit and really effective in wet conditions.”
Budderoo Knight contests the third event over 1400m where Ellen’s relieving claim off a hefty 61kg is vital in wet conditions.
Auburn Boy competes in the opening event for team Price with Brock Ryan.
“We like him, ready to win with a few runs from a spell, his last run was super in a tougher race at Kembla and he’s won there,'' he said.
“Tic Tock Man is close to breaking through (race 5), we were sweating on a run as an emergency, he’s in and top chance with a couple of solid placings into a suitable maiden.”
Meanwhile Sherry offers the strongest punting push all day, particularly for the Bjorn Baker stable on last start Muswellbrook winner Stoked in the sixth event.
Sherry will also be hard to beat on Kerry Parker’s six-race winner Tenorino who is attractively weighted on just 52kg off solid recent runs at Kembla carrying far more weight.
At present Nowra is rated a soft five track in showery conditions, a downgrade is likely according to local stables.