The Sportsman Weekend
Team Price and Ryan hoping Jamaea will bloom in Rose
FIVE of Saturday’s Golden Rose hopefuls fall into the ‘father and son’ category with one clan chasing their first Group 1 so is
Robert Price, his son Luke, and their trusted jockey Brock Ryan broke new ground at Royal Randwick 14-days ago with the trio combining for their first Group 2 triumph – also 45th race win anywhere.
It was all thanks to Jamaea who unleashed her now trademark barnstorming finish add the Furious Stakes to her Percy Sykes win on Sydney Cup Day.
Jamaea ran in the first two of the four legs of Princess Series, bypassing third to take on the colts and geldings and potentially join Forensics as the only filly to win the Golden Rose.
“We sort of had (the Rose) in our mind before the Furious so we to plant seed to the owners because they were keen to take the easier option,” Robert Price said.
“But the fillies races are bigger fields and we’ve already won a couple of those so why not have
crack; two Group 2 wins on the resume makes her a pretty valuable broodmare anyway so a Group 1 would even be better.”
As close as the Price’s are with Brock Ryan, Sydney’s post-boom apprentice was never going to be overlooked for the Golden Rose ride no matter who came along.
“He’s in fine form our apprentice,” a proud Price told the Sportsman.
“There is no doubt he is riding in career best form at the moment and our plan was to back him to the hilt and we’ve done that.
“You see it with trainers like Ronny Quinton and Theo Green; they backed their apprentices.
“The big thing is, they know the horses. They know them at home and then when go to
races, they them. “Brocky has got his heart and soul in it.”
Fate delivered Ryan a memorable day to make his debut as a jockey; his first ride was at the Sapphire Coast on Melbourne Cup Day 2015.
The horse underneath him, Regal Rush, almost granted Ryan the perfect start, finishing runner-up to the $1.40 favourite.
Speaking of starting prices, Jamaea’s price average out of her seven starts at just over $10.
She was twice that in the Furious and still as much as $15 in Saturday’s feature.
Good field but a good price (no pun intended) given her multiple strike weaponry.
“Jamaea wants to find the line like Verry Elleegant; they’ve both got that desire win – it’s not how big they are,” Price said.
“And Jamaea’s got an explosive sprint, she’s very, very quick but she needs to be to compete with Anamoe and those horses.
“You go through the field and there is a bit of genuine Group 1 form there.”