Golden Slipper or Blue Diamond Stakes the options for Extreme Choice

By: Mark Mazzaglia
December 14th, 2015

Caulfield trainer Mick Price has a tough job ahead to qualify his smart colt Extreme Choice for either the Golden Slipper  or the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Jockey Glyn Schofield was impressed with the winning performance of Extreme Choice in the Inglis Nursery at Randwick. Photo by Taron Clarke.

Jockey Glyn Schofield was impressed with the winning performance of Extreme Choice in the Inglis Nursery at Randwick. Photo by Taron Clarke.

Price produced Extreme Choice ($7.50) for an impressive two lengths debut win over Gai Waterhouse’s expensive filly So Serene ($18) in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick last Saturday.

But because the race was restricted to Inglis Sales graduates, the winning prizemoney doesn’t count towards the order of entry for either the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 27 or the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19.

Price will monitor the recovery of Extreme Choice in the next few weeks and then map out a plan heading into the Autumn Carnival.

“It depends on the horse I guess,” Price told racing.com’s RSN.

“The horse got off the float this morning down there (Caulfield) and looked a bit light. But he is a lightest horse anyway. There is not a lot of him. He is just a little rabbit, a little runner.”

“I haven’t had a good think about it. I had a poke around with the Blue Diamond timing.”

“Unfortunately the prizemoney does not count for the Blue Diamond or the Slipper.”

Extreme Choice was a $100,000 yearling buy from the 2015 Classic Yearling Summer Book Sales held at Newmarket in Sydney in February and has recouped that plus more when he collected the $290,000 first prize cheque last Saturday.

But looking to a Golden Slipper Stakes or Blue Diamond Stakes program, Price will have to start from scratch to quality the Not A Single Doubt colt.

“We have to juggle around to see what we can do for prizemoney,” Price said.

Price rates Extreme Choice as one of the better two year olds to come through his stable and is of the opinion that he will have no worries handling the 1200m of the either Group 1 juvenile race.

“He is very fast and clean winded and perfectly sound and good knee, no shins, good brain,” Price aid.

“He is a natural two year old and is one of the better two year olds I’ve had, I can say that now.”

Top Sydney rider Glyn Schofield was very impressed with the colt’s first up performance and told Price the 1200m would not be problem.

“Glyn Schofield got off and said that there was no doubt in his mind that the horse would get 1200m, and I’m thinking that the $650,000 filly of Gai’s that he beat goes pretty good. I think that it was a good race and he is a good horse.”

Bookmakers have reacted to Extreme Choice impressive Inglis Nursery wins and listed him as an $11 chance in the early markets for the Blue Diamond Stakes and a $21 chance for the Golden Slipper.

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