Robert and Luke Price love coming to Moruya which is why they have a big team heading to the track.
“I like Moruya because there’s always good speed on and horses get their chance to win,” Robert Price said.
The team has All Tiara and Liveinthefastlane aimed at the Bateman’s Bay Cup (1640m) and Price thinks both can be in the finish.
“We’ve got the right horses to win it. It’s an even race as far as a Benchmark 66 but both of mine are good chances,” he said.
“Both mares are nice to have in the stable and can win.
“There’s not a lot between them. They’re similar sort of mares who are both going well.”
Liveinthefastlane is the newer horse to the stable and she’s ran third and second at two Moruya runs since coming to the Price stable from the Maher/Eustace yard.
“Liveinthefastlane gets back and it’s a little bit of an awkward draw (9). We’re still learning a bit about her and she’s trained on really well,” Price said.
“When I first put her in work I was not a huge fan but she’s come together well and she’s gone to a nice level.”
The stable’s best winning chance on the day is El Magnificence in the third race.
The Magnus six-year-old smashed them last start at Moruya when leading all the way to score by 3 ½ lengths.
Price thinks he can just do it again from barrier two with Brock Ryan on who has ridden him at all three runs this time in.
“He’s extremely well placed when you look at the way they’re weighted,” Price said.
“We don’t have to lead but we’ve drawn a nice gate and he’ll be bang on the bunny and it will take a nice horse to be able to sit with him.”
Noble Soldier is an interesting runner being the younger brother of Noble Joey and if can be half as good as him he’ll be winning again on Friday.
Noble Soldier won at Moruya a fortnight ago over 920m and goes up to 1200m now in the last race on the card with Ryan to ride again.
“I like Noble Soldier. He’s a quirky little bugger who has plenty of ability,” Price said.
“It would be nice to see him step up to 1200m as we get his head right. He has been a handful in the enclosure but he is a naturally talented horse.
“I think he gained confidence out of the win and thank God Brock rides him again because he’ a funny horse.”
He comes out of barrier one which is another learning curve and should sit behind the leaders.
“I don’t think the inside draw matters. He might have to stand in there for five minutes so the day we throw him into the deep end we want him to hold his composure,” Price said.
Grand Palazzo is a first starter for the Price stable and the All Too Hard filly races in the second event over 1020m and she ran second in a lead-up trial.
“She’s nice, we really like her,” Price said.
“She might need the day out from a wide gate and we’ll just have her where she’s comfortable.”
JOSIE’S JET CONTINUES TO PROVE DOUBTERS WRONG
Even before she won at odds last start not many people have given Josie’s Jet much of a hope of becoming a handy racehorse.
Luckily, her trainer Terry Wicks hasn’t been one of them and he’s helping the Moshe four-year-old realise her potential.
“I bought her as a tried mare with three ducks eggs beside her name and we brought her home and she’s done nothing but improve for us,” Wicks said.
“She had no form and she’s gone from strength to strength for us.”
Josie’s Jet runs again at Dubbo on Friday after winning at the track first-up last start and she races in the seventh event today over 1000m.
She was sent out an unfancied $21 chance last start and surprised many by leading all the way to win by 1 ½ lengths.
“It was a very good win and we thought she could win,” Wicks said.
“She’s done everything you’d ask for since that run. She’s come home and cleaned up and kept eating and has handled the work since so we’re very happy at this stage.”
Wicks has taken his time with Josie’s Jet and has waited for the right Class 1 to send her to which is why she’s had three weeks off since her last run.
She’s drawn barrier seven today and Ashley Morgan rides the four-year-old again and she’ll ride Josie’s Jet positively once again.
“She was a little bit weak at the 1000m last preparation and this time in she’s shown it’s about as far as she wants to go,” Wicks said.
“We’re just going to keep ticking her over for these 1000m races at the moment.
“She’ll just be where she’s happy but we don’t want to get caught deep. There’s a few horses in the race that will get back off the speed and hopefully they don’t get the magic runs.”