Price is right on his filly

Seabrook im­prov­ing

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT RACING - GLENN McFAR­LANE

MICK Price is confident his Group 1-win­ning filly Seabrook can bounce back to form in Satur­day’s Thou­sand Guineas fol­low­ing a frus­trat­ing trip to Syd­ney to take on the boys in the Golden Rose last month.

Seabrook ran sec­ond last, seven lengths be­hind The Au­tumn Sun. But a post-race as­sess­ment showed the filly pulled up with the thumps, an elec­trolyte im­bal­ance.

But two strong gal­lops where she fin­ished along­side Price’s Caulfield Guineas hope Tav­isan this week and the ad­di­tion of blink­ers has given the trainer hope the $21 chance could be highly com­pet­i­tive in the race, where $2.60 chance Smart Melody leads the mar­kets.

“I think you can just put a line through it (the Golden Rose),” Price said. “That’s 100 per cent not her.

“I worked her with Tav­isan (last) Satur­day morn­ing and again here (on Tues­day) morn­ing and there was noth­ing be­tween them. She is go­ing well.”

Seabrook, a daugh­ter of Hinch­in­brook, had an out­stand­ing two-year-old ca­reer, win­ning the Group 1 Cham­pagne Stakes and run­ning fifth in the Golden Slip­per, beaten just over two lengths.

But af­ter a solid first-up run in the McNeil Stakes, she per­formed well be­low ex­pec­ta­tions on the re­turn to Syd­ney last month, which Price puts down to the stress of trav­el­ling.

“She had the thumps, which you will read in the stew­ards’ re­port,” Price said of the Golden Rose dis­ap­point­ment. “Thumps is like an elec­trolyte im­bal­ance, from the dis­tress of travel, I be­lieve.”

Price said his $17 Caulfield Guineas hope Tav­isan was also in good order, but needed to take an ex­tra step or two on the colt’s last-start sec­ond to Na­tive Sol­dier in the Caulfield Guineas Pre­lude. “He has been around it a bit, but I felt we were launch­ing at Na­tive Sol­dier (in the Pre­lude), but we couldn’t get him,” Price said.

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