Price has big hopes with mare

Trainer Luke Price hopes Belle De Coeur gets to race at Doomben on Saturday. Picture: JENNY EVANS
Trainer Luke Price hopes Belle De Coeur gets to race at Doomben on Saturday. Picture: JENNY EVANS

Luke Price's first interstate trip as a trainer is a nervous one, as his talented four-year-old Belle De Coeur sweats on entry into Saturday's Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben.

The mare sat 22nd in the ballot on Tuesday with 16 horses set to make the final field on Wednesday.

If she can make the cut, Price hopes to use Saturday's race as a launching pad for a winter campaign in the Sunshine State which would ideally culminate with a shot at Group 1 glory in the Tattersalls Tiara on June 21.

He made the trip north through the night on Sunday with Belle De Coeur and said he was happy with how the mare had settled in.

"We have targeted Brisbane for the whole preparation. I believe she is going better now than what she was before her last run," Price said.

"I just had to get her up here in one piece and so far so good.

"If we can get a run Saturday, the Dane Ripper looks a little target second up and if she is performing, the Tatts Tiara."

Belle De Coeur has had three runs so far this preparation including a third-placing second-up in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick a little over a month ago.

She followed up that run by making up good ground from a difficult barrier in the Group 3 Darley Crown last start earlier this month.

Price was confident the form around that performance could stack up should she make the field on Saturday.

"There is plenty of good form around her with Cosmic Endeavour winning the [Scone] Guineas and Seaside, a horse that finished behind us, winning the Dark Jewel," Price said.

"I have come up here with a horse that I am confident will perform."

The trip to Queensland is Price's first as a trainer but isn't his debut visit to the Sunshine State after he travelled north previously while working under his father Robert.

He has stationed his star mare among good company at Eagle Farm with top Queensland trainer Liam Birchley.

"It is going to be a good experience and I am staying with the right trainer," Price said.

"He is a very good trainer, Liam Birchley, and there is a lot of good trainers around the stable."


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