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Golden Slipper pair please Price

Not even Sydney's big wet has been able to dent Mick Price's Golden Slipper optimism with the Caulfield trainer reporting both Seabrook and Prairie Fire tuned up for the $3.5 million Group 1 with pleasing gallops on Tuesday morning.

Price revealed that, after Tuesday morning's Randwick trials were abandoned due to more than 50mm of overnight rain, Prairie Fire was able to compete in a modified barrier trial on the synthetic track at Rosehill.

The son of Snitzel, a last-start fourth behind Written By in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), was given a solid hit-out by jockey James Innes and Price is confident he will derive benefit from the experience.

"Prairie Fire was due to go to Randwick this morning but they've obviously had two inches of rain so they cancelled that (trial) and James Innes rode him for me in a half-mile gallop on the Pro-Ride.

"They bounced from the 1200m and went around one corner so it was a good experience for him and at the point where they finished that trial he was in front with something up his sleeve.

"With the four weeks between runs I think it (trial) works well so I was happy that, out of nowhere, we were able to have a trial at Rosehill and have a go at the Sydney way of going.

"He probably needs to find a couple of lengths to win a Slipper but he's up there, he's going well and he'll take his place."

And after a tenacious win in the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m), Seabrook has continued to delight connections with Price declaring the filly a legitimate Slipper contender.

The daughter of Hinchinbrook was given a solid piece of work on Tuesday and while Hugh Bowman steered her to victory last start, the trainer confirmed Damien Oliver would reacquaint himself with the filly in the Slipper.

"Seabrook galloped on the grass this morning in company, James (Innes) rode her as well and his feedback was very positive," he said.

"I think she'll be a live chance in the Slipper, she's thriving up there."

While he'll have to wait another 10 days for his chance at a maiden Golden Slipper win, Price can add to his Group 1 tally this Saturday at Rosehill where he is expecting to saddle up four runners.

Craig Newitt has been booked to partner Oregon's Day at 51kg in the G1 Coolmore Stakes (1500m) and the trainer is also hoping three-year-old stablemate Hiyaam can secure a place in the field en route to the ATC Oaks (2400m).

The stable will also be represented by Holy Snow and Octabello in the G2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m), with the pair to be ridden by Blake Shinn and Mick Dee respectively.

While Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss also holds an entry for Saturday's three-year-old feature, Price confirmed the colt would instead be spelled.

Seabrook, picture Sportpix.com.au

 

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