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Price has G1 spring targets for Shotmaker

PricehasG1springtargetsforShotmaker

August28,20195:13pm。

byAAP

TrainerMickPricehasmappedoutanambitiousspringcampaignforthree-year-oldcoltShotmaker。

GroupOneracesinSydneyandMelbournefigureinMickPricesspringhopesforlightlyracedcoltShotmakerwhomakeshisseasonreturnintheMcNeilStakesatCaulfield。

Shotmakerwasrunner-upondebutintheBlueDiamondcoltsandgeldingsPreludeinFebruarybeforefinishing11thintheGroupOneBlueDiamondacoupleofweekslaterinhisonlyotherappearanceasatwo-year-old。

PriceishopingtotakeShotmakertoSydneyafterSaturdaysGroupThreeMcNeilStakes(1200m)forthree-year-olds。

TheRunToTheRoseandGroupOneGoldenRose(1400m)areinhisplansforShotmakerwhohesaysisabig,robustcoltbutalsoinexperiencedwhowouldbenefitfromatripaway。

Price,whonowtrainsinpartnershipwithMichaelKentJnr,alsohopestogetShotmakertotheGroupOneCaulfieldGuineas(1600m)laterinspring。

Igetoptimisticongoodcoltsandheisagoodcolt,Ireckon,Pricesaid。

Howgoodheis?

Imnotreallysure。

Butwerejusttryingtomakehisformasgoodaswecanandwinsomethingreallygood。

IwanttogotoSydneywithhim。

IthinkhesthesortofhorsewhowillimproveifIdogotoSydney。

ShotmakerfacesafieldonnineintheMcNeilwhichfeaturesthepromisingAnthonyFreedman-trainedstablematesSuperSethandKingOfHastingswhooccupythetoptwolinesofearlybettingat$3。

90and$4。

60respectively。

Shotmakerwas$8onWednesday,oneofsixrunnersatsinglesfigures,andPriceexpectswhateverhedoesfirst-up,Shotmakerwillimprovebothfitness-wiseandthroughexperience。

HesinexperiencedandIthinkhesmaybelackingalittlebitoffitness,Pricesaid。

HeshadagoodpreparationandIhadtwotrialslinedupforhimwhichweregoingtofitinreallywell。

ButinonetrialheburstthroughthebarriersandcanteredaroundCaulfieldwithnorider,sohemissedoutonthattrial。

ButhetrialledwellatCranbourneonaheavytrackrightalongsideKingOfHastings。

HeworkedonthecourseproperatCaulfieldonTuesdayandheworkedawayfromhisworkingpartnerandlookedatthewitcheshats,sohedoesnt100percentconcentrate。


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