Trainers Robert and Luke Price are hoping the services of one of NSW leading jockeys in the past year can help propel the stable to a successful afternoon at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
The Prices have called upon the services of Blaike McDougall to ride four of their six runners on their home track on the weekend.
Only Andrew Gibbons rode more winners in NSW than McDougall last season with the latter chalking up a massive haul of 122.5 wins for the campaign.
Had it not been for an untimely suspension at the end of the season, McDougall would likely have claimed the statewide premiership.
He sits in the top-10 again heading into Saturday’s meeting where he pilots Dozer Bay (race three), Deepfield Magic (race four), Bulwark (race six) and Count De Rupee (race seven) for the Prices.
“He has been doing a bit of riding for the stable and is a very good jockey so it is good to have him aboard,” co-trainer Luke Price said.
“He rode Count De Rupee last start at Newcastle and wanted to stick with him so that is a good sign and we were able to throw him a few more rides that are chances as well.
“Count De Rupee is the best chance of ours and has continued to impress after his last start second.”
Count De Rupee has been runner up at her first two starts and lines up in the Huntley Maiden Handicap (1200m). Earlier McDougall will partner lightly-raced mare Dozer Bay, who starts alongside stablemate Valachi in the Dombarton Class 1 Handicap (1000m).
“She is still very raw and can do a few things wrong but there are a couple of nice chances in it so she will need to be at her best,” Price said. “She is a very quick mare and they look like they will go quick so I will let Blaike put her wherever she is comfortable.
“They might be a bit quick for Valachi but she just needs a good track.” The smoky of the bunch for McDougall could be Deepfield Magic. The daughter of Deep Field lines up in the Chris Joils Maiden Plate (1000m) at start three.
“Deepfield Magic will be 50-1 on Saturday but she shows a lot of talent at home,” Price said. “We have applied the tongue tie tomorrow.
“Hopefully that fixes whatever happened the other day at Nowra because she looked like she was going to win by 5 lengths and then got stopped with a bullet at the 150m. She can work as good as Count De Rupee.”
McDougall other ride is Bulwark in the Horsley Benchmark 64 (1600m) but Price has labeled his stable Power Lift as ‘hard to beat’ in the mile. Race one at Kembla jumps at 12.31pm.