The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

MICK Price knew Holy Snow had taken a step for­ward this cam­paign but even he was sur­prised by the colt’s run­away vic­tory in yes­ter­day’s Group 2 Au­tumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

“I knew he’d be out the back and he’d run on well but I wasn’t ex­pect­ing that,” Price said.

Holy Snow ($16), who was rid­den by Mick Dee, set­tled last but swooped around the field to win run­ning away by 1¼ lengths over an­other horse who was well back in Mr So And So ($21), with the same mar­gin away third As­to­ria ($11).

Price said Holy Snow was dif­fi­cult to train last cam­paign be­ing a colt.

“It was a messy prepa­ra­tion. We had to spend a month or so get­ting his bar­rier cer­tifi­cate. He was a colt who wanted to get his own way,” Price said.

“He’s over his delin­quent prepa­ra­tion now and he’s a stronger, more sen­si­ble horse this time in.

“He was good in the Stutt Stakes but he’d had enough by the time of the Caulfield Guineas.”

Price said the son of Fast­net Rock would be bet­ter suited by Flem­ing­ton, which is where he would have his next start in in the Aus­tralian Guineas.

“I’ve al­ways had a good opin­ion of him and can’t wait to see him sec­ond-up in the Aus­tralian Guineas,” he said.

Holy Snow was an $11 firmer in Ladbrokes bet­ting on the Aus­tralian Guineas.

There was a big plunge on Viller­mont, who firmed from $7 into $4.40 favourite yes­ter­day.

HOT SHOW­ING: Holy Snow.

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