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12/2/2019 Price bullish about Tassie Trip

by James Tzaferis 


John Price is hoping a well-timed Tasmanian raid can yield some black-type for emerging filly Trip, who tackles Wednesday night's Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Launceston.

Third on debut in a slowly-run Sale maiden, the Grand Syndicates-owned filly's form card received a significant boost on Saturday when the horse that defeated her by under two lengths, Lyre, won the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (fillies) at Caulfield.

Price said the daughter of Good Journey had trained on well since her debut and impressed in a recent trial against open-class horses Man Of His Word and Call Me Handsome at Cranbourne.

"Her form has franked itself a bit with that filly (Lyre) that beat her at Sale coming out and winning the Blue Diamond Prelude on Saturday," Price said.

"I think she's come on since then.

"She had a trial against open class-horses at Cranbourne last week where we made her sit back and do a bit of work past the line.

"I'm expecting them to go a bit quicker than what they did at Sale but she'll still be forward and I'm hoping that she can find herself in the first three or four with some cover."

While he has few doubts about Trip's ability, Price is concerned that the arduous journey south could leave her jaded for Wednesday's $150,000 contest.

"It's a horrendous trip for a young horse like her, I think it's something like 13 hours door to door and because they are on the boat it's not like you can take them off and give them a walk," he said.

"But all reports are that she's good, she's eating and drinking well.

"I'm expecting her to run a very creditable race but it's hard to be confident because it's so hard to get a line on the local horses.

"They've naturally got the advantage because they've just got to walk across the road to race."

Fellow Victorian trainers Matt Laurie (Sayuri), Matthew Brown (Chase On The Case) and Peter Gelagotis (Audacious Beau) have representation in the Gold Sovereign Stakes.