Price’s three-year-old ready to make trip

Co-trainers Robert and Luke Price have always felt Can Party would be suited over a trip, but Wednesday will be the first time the stable get the chance to test that theory under race conditions.

STAYING TEST: Robert and Luke Price trained Can Party wins at Kembla Grange earlier this year. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

STAYING TEST: Robert and Luke Price trained Can Party wins at Kembla Grange earlier this year. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The Kembla horsemen will travel to Hawkesbury to run their lightly-raced three-year-old in the Blakes Marine Benchmark 66 Handicap (1800m). 

“We are going to get a bit of an idea if we will get a bit of a trip,” co-trainer Rob Price said. 

“Luke has always felt he would be able to and I think mentally he will cope with it fine.

“Brenton Avdulla rode him one day at Rosehill and he said would be looking at a mile plus. That’s what he has [on Wednesday].”

Can Party has never been tested over anything further than 1400m.

His last start came in a 1300m event at Rosehill Gardens where he finished in the back half of the field after copping interference early in the race.  

“It would have been nice the other day to see him get an uninterrupted run,” Price said. 

“He got poleaxed by Damian Browne [on Marsupial] the other day with some really bad interference.”

With a clear run on Wednesday, Price was confident Can Party would improve on that display at the mid-week metropolitan meeting.

The gelding has drawn favourably in barrier two and will be ridden by Kathy O’Hara. 

“He has drawn a good gate and Kathy has got great hands so we will just let him in settle in behind the speed,” Price said.

“Hawkesbury is a massive long straight these days so it will give him plenty of time to just keep winding up.”

Can Party was a $14 fixed odds hope with the TAB late on Tuesday afternoon. 

The state’s leading trainer Chris Waller’s has three runners in the field which dominate the market.

Aonair ($2.40) holds favouritism with stablemates Huang Yaoshi ($7.50) and High Dude ($5.50) also fancied. 

The opening race of the afternoon jumps at 2pm, with the card wrapping up at 5.30pm.