The Age - Andrew Garvey
Mick Price was thinking of bigger prizes after his promising colt Pressing gave his rivals a start and a beating in the listed $120,000 Sky High Mt Dandenong Stakes (1200 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday.
That was after the race but halfway through, Price and the punters who had backed Pressing from $3.70 to $2.70 favouritism had some serious concerns.
''I hoped having had a run he would have got on the bridle a bit better,'' said Price in reference to Pressing’s debut win where he also settled last. ''You wouldn’t want to be betting in the run in the first half would you?''
While Pressing had been four lengths behind the second last horse before the turn, Brad Rawiller cut the corner as most of the field headed wide and, as they straightened, Pressing was up with the leaders.
Pressing quickly put the race away and drew clear to record a very impressive win, 3½ lengths clear of Petrology ($4), with Easy Drama ($10) a head away third.
''I had keep on top of him and gave him a couple [with the whip] before we straightened, which is pretty rare for my riding, but he needed it,'' Rawiller said. ''Once we straightened he was always going to win.''
Price is now considering a trip to Brisbane for the group 1 J J Atkins Stakes and group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes for Pressing, although he is wary of how the colt will progress in what is his first campaign.
''I don’t know if there's enough in the tank to do that, but we’ll have a look at him and make a decision.''