Trainer Mick Price believes that Worth A Ransom is a good each-way bet, at his current odds of $21, in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield tomorrow.
Worth A Ransom is returning to the races for the first time since he finished at the tail of the field in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 29 last year and Price told Racing Ahead this morning that the son of Red Ransom had thrived since being gelded at the end of his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
Price admits that the Manfred Stakes field is packed with talent, but he is confident that Worth A Ransom is ready to run a big race and is capable of finishing in the placings.
“Worth A Ransom is going super,” Price said.
“I made a couple of mistakes with him (last preparation).
“He was a colt all of last preparation and in his second run at Flemington I probably ran him when he was a little bit down.
“He had one good run and I tried to get him in the Caulfield Guineas, but he didn’t quite get there.
“Now he has been gelded he is going super and I’m sure he will go well from that gate in a small field.
“I’m not saying that he can win, but certainly I think that he is a good each-way chance at 20/1.”
Price also has Resistant in the Manfred Stakes field; who is returning to the races for the first time since he finished eighth behind Rockford in the Inglis Bonus Handicap (1700m) at Caulfield on September 21 last year.
Resistant will be making her debut at Group level on Saturday and Price does not believe that he is a winning chance but thinks that, like Worth A Ransom, the Choisir colt will run a good race.
“Resistant is as good as we can have him,” Price said.
“He is a chubby little entire and I don’t think that he can win; but he is a tough and consistent horse that I think will run third or fourth.”
Resistant is the extreme outsider in 2014 Manfred Stakes betting markets, at odds of $41, while Worth A Ransom is still available at the lucrative odds of $21.