Nordic Empire will be aimed at the Vain Stakes at Caulfield on August 16 after an authoritative win in the Michelton Wines Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley today.
Trainer Mick Price highlighted the target immediately following his colt’s first-up win and the opportunity to tackle one of the great three-year-old events with the horse wasn’t the only reason the trainer was pleased with the win.
Nordic Empire resumed from a long spell of eight months after suffering a serious hamstring injury in Queensland last year.
“I’m pretty relieved to get through today, the race worked out perfectly for him, tracking the leaders and then having the seas part on the turn,” Price said.
“He’s had eight months off so hopefully there’s improvement to come second up.
“He was quite light as a two-year-old and we kept him a colt and he’s furnished out okay now.
“He wears ear muffs everyday at the track, he’s quite a highly strung horse but his behaviour here today was beautiful.”
Nordic Empire ($5) gave jockey Craig Newitt a winning double and defeated Stingray ($21-$15) and Boomwaa ($6.50) with a margin to spare.
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