Brilliant Melbourne colt Extreme Choice has gained a place in the final field for the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday.
First starter Extreme Choice was one of twelve unraced two year olds who made up the original twenty-four nominations for the Inglis Nursery and trainer Mick Price had his fingers crossed that the Not A Single Doubt colt would make the final field of fourteen plus four emergencies.
Price had to bring Extreme Choice up from Melbourne over the weekend so he could trial at Rosehill on Tuesday to gain his ticket to take his place in Inglis Nursery because the New South Wales rule states that a two year has to trial before being allowed to race.
Even though Price had given Extreme Choice two jump outs at Caulfield, he still had to have an official barrier trial before starting in New South Wales.
“New South Wales rules, for some stupid reason, that first starters cannot race in Sydney without trialling,” Price told AAP.
“He’s had two trials here in Melbourne so it does put me under a bit more pressure.
“It’s a bit of an ask to trial Tuesday, float to Sydney, trial again and then race.”
“We’ll give him the chance up there because it’s very good prize money.”
Extreme Choice showed his natural ability with an easy two lengths win in a 900m trial with Glyn Schofield who will be in the saddle again in the Inglis Nursery and will give the colt a perfect run from barrier three if the four emergencies fail to gain a start.
Price will also saddle up Vegas Strip who has been to the races once for a fourth to Rampage in a 1000m two year old Stakes at Moonee Valley on November 28.
Rampage (barrier 16) is one of five two year olds lining up in the Inglis Nursery who have visited the winner’s stall, the others are Jackson (barrier 8), Rafha’s Choice (18), Boom Shucka (13) and Motime (17).
The Tony McEvoy trained Jackson has already tasted black type success with a win in the Listed $120,000 Santa’s Magical Kingdom Stakes (1000m) at Sandown on November 14 and Kerrin McEvoy has retained the ride in the Inglis Nursery.
Blake Shinn is also in the saddle again on Rafha’s Choice following his win in a 1100m two year old stakes at Rosehill on November 28.
Queensland youngster Boom Shucka was a Doomben winner two starts back over 1050m and trainer Liam Birchley has engaged top Sydney apprentice Winona Costin.
Luke Currie will ride David Hayes and Tom Dabernig’s Moonee Valley winner Rampage and Kathy O’Hara takes the mount on Canberra winner Motime.
Team Hawkes will saddle up first starter Midnight Rose who will head to the races for the first time after winning a Warwick Farm barrier trial last Friday. Dwayne Dunn rides from barrier twelve.
Christian Reith takes the ride of the Gai Waterhouse first starter So Serene (barrier 7) who will have the blinkers on in the Inglis Nursery after wearing them in her Randwick barrier trial win on November 30.