They’ll head to Kembla Grange with a strong hand on Saturday, but nothing excites co-trainer Luke Price more than promising filly Winter In America.
A dominant 2½-length win on her home track last month has Price brimming with confidence heading into the weekend.
Winter In America will contest the Chrysanthemums Class 2 Handicap (1500m).
“She is a standout to me,” Luke Price said. “Three weeks ago she was extremely impressive before she missed a run at Wagga last week but I am going there with great confidence.
“She is a filly with a lot of ability. She is very strong and I can’t wait to get there on Saturday.”
Price, who trains with his father Robert, was planning to run Winter In America at the Wagga Cup Carnival, but when plans fell through, the stable was more than happy to return to her home track.
The Statue Of Liberty three-year-old won over the same trip last start and Price believes filly has staying potential.
“I think she might a 2000m horse,” he said.
“If she gets through Saturday well we might think of other options like Queensland but we just want to take it one race at a time with her.”
Mad Fox will have his first run for the Prices after moving from Chris Waller’s stable in Sydney.
The Foxwedge gelding is first-up in the Happy Mother’s Day Class 1 Handicap (1200m) and has impressed since arriving in the Price stable.
“He is first-up and we like what we see. He has good city form and is well weighted.
"He is coming off a long time off but he has a key gear chance with the tongue tie going on.”
The Price yard has Colonel Penaga in the Carnations Maiden Plate (1000m), promising two-year-old Vinaigrette debuting in a 1000m scamper and Cuban Belle in the Troy Oldroyd Benchmark 64 Handicap (1400m).
Auburn Boy caps off a busy day for the Kembla yard in the Daniel “Pistols” Quinn Maiden Handicap (1400m).
“He has shown us really good ability since coming up from Gwenda Markwell’s stable and ran really well the other day at Goulburn,” Price said,
“The 1400m should suit and he has drawn a lovely gate. I expect with Brock Ryan’s claim he should be right in the finish.”
The opening race jumps at 11:46am on Saturday.