Co-trainer Mick Price has always felt Annavisto (NZ) had a good race in her and has set the mare to win a Group 1 in Brisbane first-up. The Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday is the assignment Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr stable has been eyeing off since the 4-year-old ran second to Nimalee on a heavy track at Randwick back in April.
Price said the 1400m was the ideal journey for Annavisto (NZ) who performs well fresh and will have the services of Ms Rachel King.
Price is optimistic that Annavisto (NZ) can win a Group 1, picture Racing Photos
Annavisto (NZ) needed time, according to Price, to reach top level despite winning six of her 15 starts.
“I knew she would be a horse that we’d have to make a bit,” Price said. “She was a very stressy young horse. She’s by Reliable Man but out of a Tavistock mare and she blows off all this nervous energy.
“That breed, if you don’t stress them, they eventually come good. She’s got that spark in her which a lot of good horses have, and I always thought she was going to improve. I’m a little bit optimistic that she can win a Group 1.”
Price said Saturday’s race came up at the right time, a Group 1 for fillies and mares over Annavisto’s pet distance of 1400m. He added that he didn’t need to run her in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap over the same course and distance two weeks ago with this race on the horizon.
And Price observed King was an ideal choice after partnering the mare in Sydney at her last start.
“She always goes well fresh over 1400 (metres) and it’s a Group 1, so I didn’t need to run her in the Stradbroke,” Price said.
“She has trialled up well and I think she’ll turn up spot on and that girl (Rachel King), she’s a good rider on those forward types of horse. I think she’ll be in the finish somewhere.”