Price’s Man out to earn Millions

Soon-to-be Kembla trainer Luke Price is likely to favour a Magic Millions tilt over a Melbourne spring campaign with stable star Man Of Choice.

The one-time Group 1 placegetter returned last Saturday with a promising third behind Denpurr in the Sensi Dash (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Price felt run set a solid platform for a strong preparation for the four-year-old and while he has the Magic Millions in mind, he was keeping his options open.

“Nothing is set in stone,” Price told The Punt.

“We are just trying to get his rating up and try to win a few more races with him.

“With the the prizemoney so good in Sydney, he won’t be going to Melbourne.

“I will probably space his races a bit and I won’t stepping him up too fast in trip then maybe look for a race like the Villiers [Stakes] in December.

“Then the biggest goal will maybe be the Magic Millions, whether that is the Stayers Cup/Magic Millions Cup. 

“The horse will tell us the way he is racing.”

Man Of Choice ran third in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in the spring last year.

He then went on to finish second in the Group 2 Phar lap Stakes (1500m) in the autumn.

Despite the strong runs in top grade races, Man Of Choice has won just twice in his 15 starts.

He was in the placings again first-up at racing headquarters.

Ridden by top jockey Hugh Bowman, the son of Manhattan Rain was blocked for a run in the straight before winding up strongly.

Man Of Choice finished 1-½ lengths behind Denpurr, with Godolphin trained Torphenhow wedged between the pair.

“Hughie kept the horse balanced and he rode him to run well but the breaks didn’t come to him,” Price said.

“We both thought Wonderbolt would cart us into the race but we got stuck inside it.

Luke Price rides Man Of Choice in trackwork. Picture: HAYLEY WARDEN

Luke Price rides Man Of Choice in trackwork. Picture: HAYLEY WARDEN

“It was a bit hard to get inside him.

“I was really happy with the horse and it didn’t surprise me that he ran that well.

“He has been really sharp all prep.

“With the big weight, he got beat without doing too hard work.

“I’ve got plenty of horse there now for the rest of the prep.”

Price and his father Rob will set up a stable at Kembla Grange later this year.

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