Price wary of Ex­treme task

The Sportsman Midweek - - The Trackwork Winners - By MATHEW TOOGOOD

TRAINER Mick Price is un­der no il­lu­sions about the task ahead of Blue Di­a­mond Stakes win­ner Ex­treme Choice against older sprint­ing stars in the Moir Stakes.

But the Group 1-win­ning colt will be out to en­hance his own rep­u­ta­tion when he makes his first ap­pear­ance as a three­year-old in Fri­day’s weight-for-age sprint at Moonee Val­ley.

Ex­treme Choice was taken to Moonee Val­ley yes­ter­day to gal­lop in prepa­ra­tion for the Group 1 race in which he will face the world’s top-ranked sprinter Chautauqua along with three-time Moir win­ner Buffer­ing and a host of other classy sprint­ers.

Price said the colt had had a good prepa­ra­tion but also de­scribed the chal­lenge ahead in Moir as dif­fi­cult.

“A spring three-year-old ver­sus older weight-for-age horses, (it’s) dif­fi­cult,” Price said.

“But I did speak to Henry Field (from New­gate Farm) and they wanted to run in the Group 1. If he can pull it off I sup­pose it re­ally helps his ser­vice fee.

“And if can’t, he’s go­ing to run against his own age in the Cool­more (Stud Stakes), so that won’t be a prob­lem.

“I think he’s come up well. So it’s just a mat­ter of on the night how he copes with the pres­sure.”

Ex­treme Choice is sched­uled to take on his own age group in the Blue Sap­phire Stakes and the Group 1 Cool­more Stud

at Flem­ing­ton af­ter Moir. With Craig Ne­witt aboard, Ex­treme Choice worked over 800m on Mon­day and strode out down the run­ning, time at 54.27sec with the fi­nal 400m in 25.10sec.

“It’s Mon­day be­fore Fri­day so he wasn’t out to have a gut­buster,” Price said.

He said Ex­treme Choice had his ears pricked be­fore the turn but he was pleased with the way he fin­ished the gal­lop off in

last 200m. “He re­sponded well when he was asked and he’s pretty fit,” Price said.

Ex­treme Choice’s only de­feat in four starts as a ju­ve­nile was in the Golden Slip­per when he ru­ined his chances with a slow start.

Price said Ex­treme Choice had made a phys­i­cal pro­gres­sion since his ju­ve­nile sea­son.

“He was 417 ki­los when he ran in the Slip­per. He 429 in the Blue Di­a­mond and he’s about 450 ki­los now and he’s nice

fit,” Price said. “He’s def­i­nitely made a phys­i­cal pro­gres­sion but I sup­pose you’ve got to mea­sure what he did as a two-yearold ver­sus th­ese older horses now.”

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