On fire and top horse Syndicator, BlueBlood Thoroughbreds has a two pronged attack this week with two live chances in two Group Ones including the worlds richest race for two year old’s, Golden Slipper with Seabrook (pictured above).
Firstly on Friday night one of the countries top sprinters in Grp 1 winning mare SECRET AGENDA will contest the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at weight for age at Mooney Valley.
Trainer Mick Price had Secret Agenda entered for both the William Reid and the Group I The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday but has decided on the former.
Barriers played a part in his decision with Secret Agenda drawing barrier 14 in Sydney and she would have started from the second widest barrier.
The mare also drew wide in the Victorian weight-for-age event, coming up with barrier eight in the 10-horse field, but she will have less rivals to contend with in Melbourne than she would have faced in Sydney.
Secret Agenda is the $4.60 favourite for the William Reid Stakes 2018 but it is a wide-open betting race and five of her rivals are currently in single figure quotes.
SECRET AGENDA WINNING THE GROUP 1 ROBERT SANGSTER.
The second BlueBlood horse also trained by Mick Price to tackle a Group 1 this Saturday is the ever impressive Two year old SEABROOK. Mick Price believes the timing is right for a Golden Slipper bid with the daughter of Hinchinbrook.
Mick Price has one of just four single-figure fancies for Saturday’s $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper and trainer Mick Price said Seabrook deserves her standing as a live chance in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
Last-start Group 2 winner Seabrook ($9 with CrownBet) drew barrier 12 of 20 at Tuesday’s draw, which comes into 10 of 16 if the emergencies don’t gain a start at Rosehill.
Price said he feels the biggest winning chances are inside of his gun filly, who he’ll be hoping Damien Oliver will have tracking into the race at the top of the straight.
“[She] comes into 10, and I think the race is [going to be decided] inside the first 10 barriers,” Price said.
“I haven’t had a good look at what’s outside her.
“I remember in Samaready’s year, I reckon Gai [Waterhouse] had 4-5 in the first 10, so I thought, ‘There’s the race in there somewhere’ and we couldn’t get into that section.
“So I reckon the best section of the race is inside those barriers.
“She just wants a trouble-free run.
“She wants to be a little bit in contention before the corner, and be one of the closers.
“I would be thinking she’s going to finish very strongly, and some chance of winning.”
Price’s ‘inside 10’ theory stems from the fact his Slipper fancy and race favourite in 2012, Samaready, jumped from 11, and she was beaten into third – a tick under two lengths off Pierro.
The Caulfield trainer, who just missed out on banking a Group 1 win last Saturday when Oregon’s Day dived and missed in the Coolmore Classic, said Seabrook’s timing appeared perfect.
“She’s the one. She’s our chance,” said Price, who also has Prairie Fire ($51 with CrownBet) in the race.
“She’s gone fantastic, three weeks between runs was good.
“Because she had a busy time into the Sweet Embrace, first time Sydney, drawn poorly, had a tough enough run and was still good enough to win.
“I think that run has lifted her. She’s thrived in Sydney; she’s at Gerald Ryan’s. They’re good those boxes at Rosehill.”