Mick Price feels stakes winner Our Playboy goes better in the clockwise Queensland direction as he prepares to deploy the colt at Doomben on the road to a tilt at next month’s $2million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.
Larry Cassidy will ride the Group 3 Vain Stakes winner in Saturday’s $200,000 Gold Edition Plate (1200m) in the first plank of a Queensland campaign which will culminate in the Guineas in which the colt is currently a $15 chance with Ladbrokes.
Price, who co-trains with Michael Kent Junior, believes Our Playboy will hit his sweet spot at 1400m in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate a fortnight later and then the Guineas over the same distance.
But he is no way ruling out a big run on Saturday over 1200m and feels an ace up his sleeve is his opinion that Our Playboy goes better the Queensland way.
“You know what – I think he actually goes better that (Queensland) way,” Price said.
“We get to work them on the inside grass at Caulfield, it is sort of cambered it helps them handle going that (clockwise) way.
“He used to interfere with himself a bit going the Melbourne way but he whizzed around going that (clockwise) way and he was as clean as a whistle.”
Our Playboy, last seen when finishing sixth behind September Run in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, has not trialled in preparation for his three-run Queensland summer carnival assault.
Price wanted to keep him on the fresh side and believes Saturday’s run will bring him on nicely for bigger fish to fry.
“I have allowed for some improvement in him and I didn’t want to gas him in trials,” Price said.
“This race on Saturday will bring him on, but he is pretty fit and I certainly wouldn’t say he couldn’t win.
“He can win this sort of race, fresh, he is strong and takes gaps in a race.
“The rain up there will do him good I think because he will run well on a soft track.
“Although I would say 1400(m) in those bigger races to come is probably his sweet spot because he can get off the bridle in a 1200m race.
“He wasn’t good enough in the Coolmore but he didn’t disgrace himself and I certainly think he will show up a bit of form in Queensland.”
Mick Price. Pic: Steve Holland.Source:News Corp Australia
Two of Our Playboy’s main rivals in the Listed Gold Edition will be classy Queensland filly Isotope, from the Tony Gollan stable, and Away Game who won January’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic and was runner-up in the Golden Slipper.
Price said he was looking forward to seeing how his colt measured up and of filly Away Game, he commented: “She had a very busy two-year-old season, didn’t she?”
Originally published asOur Playboy to be Magic Millions centrefold?
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