Mick Price unearths another exciting juvenile at Caulfield - Racing Victoria 12/04/2014
Pressing appears destined for a bright future after the Mick Price-trained two-year-old recorded an impressive debut victory in today’s $80,000 Mindy Green Plate (1200m) at Caulfield.The success was the first leg of a Caulfield double for Price, who later claimed the $80,000 Cath White Memorial Handicap (1100m) with five-year-old mare Halle Rocks.
Under pressure from the start of the race after beginning slowly, jockey Daniel Moor said the son of Sebring would only get better as he matures and gets over further ground.
“He wasn’t your typical Mick Price precocious type of two-year-old,” Moor said.
“He came out half-a-length slow, was always off the bridle and I was hard at him all the way to get him to travel but gee he picked up and sprinted well.
“He handled the wet ground exceptionally well, he’ll get over further and if he can produce that turn of foot over further then he’s going to be in for a good future.”
Settling with only two runners behind him in the early stages, Moor elected to stick to fence on the home turn and continued to take inside runs in the straight. Switching across the heels of the leader Petrology ($3.70F) at the 100m mark, Pressing ($12) surged over the concluding stages to score by a long neck from Petrology, with Armada ($4.40) a further 2.3 lengths away in third.
Mick Price Racing foreman Mick Nolan said Pressing surprised the stable by the way he was able to finish off over 1200m.
“I thought that if he ran a nice third or fourth finishing the race off well, which he looked like he was going to do at about the 250m, it would be a good run,” Nolan said.
“The further he went the better he went and he’s found the line really well at the finish.
“Rosemount Stud owns him. I think they bought him as a potential stallion prospect so I would think they’d be trying to get as much Black-type as they can with him.”
Pressing's win started a day to remember for Price who went on to record four winners around the country after Australian Racehorse of the Year contender Lankan Rupee remained unbeaten this campaign in the $2.5M T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney and three-year-old filly Tango's Daughter secured a valuable Black-type win in the Listed H.C. Nitschke Stakes (1400m) in Adelaide.