BROOK TO IMPROVE AT SANDOWN
CAULFIELD trainer Mick Price is looking for a big finish to the spring from his classy filly Seabrook when she tackles the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) tomorrow.
Despite not having won in four starts this campaign, Price has been more than happy with the filly and a strong workout at Sandown this week showed him Seabrook is ready to run another big race.
“She hasn’t put a foot wrong this preparation,” Price said.
“She worked nicely at Sandown earlier this week. I expect her to give a good account of herself.
“Drawing 10 12 isn’t ideal and Damien (Oliver) will just have to navigate the right course with her.”
The daughter of Hinchinbrook resumed with a third in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes before heading to Sydney to contest 1 Golden Rose.
After running the worst race of her career in finishing seven lengths behind The Autumn Sun, she was found to be suffering from the thumps which explained the performance.
Seabrook has shown she has taken no ill effects from that by finishing a length and a half third to Amphitrite in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield before a sixth to Shillelagh in the Group 1 Empire Rose at Flemington.
“When you travel horses, sometimes things can go wrong and it did for her in the Golden Rose,” Price said.
“Other than the Golden Rose run, she has performed very well and had excuses in Sydney.
“I thought she was unlucky in the Thousand Guineas and last start in the Empire Rose, she got into a little bit of trouble on straightening.
“I don’t think she would have won anyway but could finished third or fourth.
“It’s hard for fillies to beat the older mares.
“Back to her own age tomorrow and the 1600m is good for her.”