Mick Price thinking big with Extreme Choice after Inglis Nursery win

Bigger things ahead: Glyn Schofield and Extreme Choice finish well clear of the field in the Inglis Nursery at Royal Randwick. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名备案老域名INGLIS NURSERY

A year after Ready For Victory wandered to the outside rail and threw away Mick Price’s chance at winning his first Golden Slipper, the Caulfield trainer is keeping his options open of going a few spots better with Extreme Choice.

The $100,000 yearling didn’t even have a name three weeks ago – and was forced to race in a Tuesday barrier trial at Rosehill just to qualify for the Inglis Nursery – but his rushed preparation didn’t matter as Glyn Schofield scampered to victory on the colt at Randwick on Saturday.

“I normally wouldn’t do it, but I had to squeeze everything into him between gallops and trials and race day,” Price said. “You’ve got to have the horse to do it. Shins were good, constitution was good and it was fantastic for the people involved, including myself.”

The autumn riches dwarf the inflated $500,000 prize purse on offer for the Inglis Nursery – and now Price just needs to decide which major to target.

The Blue Diamond looks a logical option for the Not A Single Doubt two-year-old, but Price isn’t ruling out return trip to Sydney for the Golden Slipper.

“It’s got to be [on the radar],” Price said. “But if I find I don’t have enough chance after I get him home he won’t be running in the Blue Diamond and we’ll redo him for the Slipper. I dare say he might not be able to do both.

“He’s a natural running two-year-old and we’ve used a lot of energy to get him here and I’m unsure of the timing of the Blue Diamond, but the Slipper may fit better in a timing sense. It will give me more time to earn the prizemoney as well to get into the race. [The Inglis Nursery prizemoney] counts when it gets in your pocket, but not much else.”

Having been slightly tardy when leaving the gates, Glyn Schofield bustled Extreme Choice to the lead and quickly put a gap on his chasers in the straight.

Gai Waterhouse’s fellow debutant So Serene loomed as the only danger, but Extreme Choice pulled out plenty to win by two lengths as he wandered towards the middle of the track.

Another Victorian visitor, Rampage, finished four lengths further astern in third.

“He’s a two-year-old,” Schofield said. “Whilst he’s very professional, he wasn’t sure how to stretch out and go about his business when he was asked. But he does certainly have a good motor.”

Added Price: “He’s just a natural and I’ve had plenty of nice two-year-olds, but you’ve just got to baby them and they will do the best for you.”

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