While the past few seasons have delivered outstanding colts such as Flying Artie, Tarzino, Extreme Choice and recent Group 1 winners Mighty Boss and Grunt, it is the fillies and mares that have really stood up this season.
Pedrena (Mossman x Hansom Cab) took out the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes last Saturday at Doomben, marking arguably the stable’s best ever season on individual black-type performances for the fillies and mares.
Pedrena was a $60,000 purchase selected by Mick from the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms, and took her record to 12: 6-3-0 ($407,776) after Saturday’s victory. Tarzino was also purchased from this sale by Mick for $60,000.
With 75 horses in work and approximately half of those colts or geldings, the stable is proud to be punching above its weight. It is pleasing to see that 12 fillies or mares have added valuable black type to their pedigrees in past 12 months.
Of note has been Group 1 winners Hiyaam (Vinery Stud Stakes) and Seabrook (Champagne Stakes) with Group 1 placegetters Oregon’s Day, Secret Agenda and Miss Admiration coming so close to success at the highest level.
Mick Price said adding value to fillies and mares was a focus of the stable.
“I love the challenge of training high-quality colts, but we have made a more conscious effort to plan black type races into the programs of fillies and mares where their ability permits.
“Whether they plan to breed or sell, owners and breeders appreciate that we are trying to win races with their horses, but also trying to get black type next to their name as it adds such important residual value.”
The recent Magic Millions Broodmare Sale supports that statement, with black-type performances bolstering the price of mares.
Pedrena will get two more opportunities to add to her resume before the season end, first in the $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) on Saturday 9 June and then in the $500,000 Group 1 Tatts Tiara (1350m) on Saturday 23 June.
The stable will be looking to purchase at the 2018 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale from 5 June – 7 June on the Gold Coast. Keep an eye on purchases here: https://mickpriceracing.com.au/horses-available.
Black type performers for the 2017/18 season:
HIYAAM (1st G1 Vinery Stud Stakes 2000m, 2nd G1 ATC Oaks 2400m, 3rd VRC Oaks 2500m, 2nd G2 Edward Manifold 1600m, 3rd G3 Ethereal Stakes 2000m, 3rd Phar Lap 1500m, 4th G2 Wakeful 2000m)
SEABROOK (1st G1 Champagne Stakes 1600m, 1st G2 Sweet Embrace 1200m, 3rd G2 Blue Diamond Prelude 1100m)
OREGON’S DAY (1st G2 Hollindale Stakes 1800m, 2nd G1 Coolmore Classic 1500m, 2nd G2 Emancipation Stakes 1500m, 2nd G3 Frances Tressady 1400m, 3rd G3 Summond Stakes 1500m, 4th G1 Queen of The Turf 1600m)
SHE’S SO HIGH (1st G3 Proud Miss Stakes 1200m, 1st Listed Moomba Plate 1100m, 2nd G2 Euclase Stakes 1200m, 3rd Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes 1200m, 4th G1 Thousand Guineas 1600m, 4th G3 Quezette Stakes 1100m, 4th G2 Tranquil Star 1400m)
SECRET AGENDA (1st Listed Bob Hoystead 1200m, 2nd G1 Robert Sangster Stakes 1200m, 3rd G3 RN Irwin 1100m)
PEDRENA (1st G3 Glenlogan Park Stakes 1350m, 1st G3 Maybe Mahal 1400m, 2nd G3 Northwood Plume 1200m)
MISS ADMIRATION (3rd G1 ATC Oaks 2400m, 3rd G1 Schweppes Oaks 2000m)
PALAZZO VECCHIO (2nd G2 Angus Armanasco 1400m, 3rd G2 Kewney Stakes 1400m)
PRINCESS OF QUEENS (3rd G3 Northwood Plume 1200m)
SEE ME EXCEED (3rd G3 Kevin Hayes 1200m)
PERSUADER (3rd Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes 1200m)
CRY IF I WANT TO (4th Listed Roy Higgins Quality 2600m)
IMAGE: Darren Tindale/Magic Millions.