Price Feeling Vain with Perfect Golden Rose Pair

July 29th, 2014

Mick Price is over the moon with his 2014 Golden Rose-bound duo after a pleasing Tuesday morning workout in Melbourne from Cornrow and Jabali.

Cornrow (inside)

Cornrow (inside) will join stablemate Jabali first-up in the 2014 Vain Stakes ahead of the Golden Rose. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The stablemates, who turn three on Friday, both ran in 750m jumpouts at Caulfield Racecourse this morning and performed perfectly according to their trainer.

“Perfect,” Price told Racing Victoria.

“Cornrow blew up, but he’s a grosser horse this time in.

“Jabali is probably a little more athletic now.

“They ran similar times, so all good.”

He’s penciled in both youngsters to kick off their spring campaigns on August 16 at the same track in the $150,000 Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m).

“They’ll trial again next Tuesday and then Saturday week after that is the Vain Stakes,” he added.

Price is then looking at giving the duo a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) in Sydney at Rosehill Gardens on September 13.

Duporth colt Cornrow has had three previous Group 1 runs including their brave third behind the Darley-owned filly Earthquake in the Blue Diamond Stakes last February.

Now prepared by John O’Shea, Earthquake is the current $6 favourite in the futures Golden Rose odds at

Cornrow’s latest run was then another elite level third when beaten six lengths by Peggy Jean, the Gerald Ryan-trained daughter of Myboycharlie also being considered for a 2014 Golden Rose run, in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 12.

Peggy Jean is at $17 in the pre-nomination Golden Rose betting markets while Cornrow is rated a $41 roughie.

At today’s trial Cornrow led early before the fellow Price-trained Volcanic Ash moved up to join them and just get the better of them on the line.

Blue Diamond runner-up Jabali meanwhile hasn’t raced since an 11th to Mossfun in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5.

There the Exceed And Excel colt finished four spots better than Cornrow (15th) in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.

The Team Hawkes-trained Mossman filly Mossfun is second pick for the Golden Rose at a quote of $7.50 while Jabali is shorter than Cornrow at $26.

Looking fit, Jabali stormed home in their morning hit-out for an impressive victory in the second – Price pleased with both his young stars.

After the Golden Rose 2014 Price will consider returning to Victoria for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11.

Current Caulfield Guineas markets, led by Gai Waterhouse’s JJ Atkins winner Almalad ($9), have Jabali and Cornrow both at $26.

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