Mick Price has confirmed his Sydney Cup charge with Hiyaam is finished but the trainer is confident the stable’s winning run in Sydney can continue onto this week’s Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
Hiyaam and the filly Krone have been successful in stakes grade in Sydney over the past few weeks but for Hiyaam, who won the Vinery Stud Stakes for Price 12 months ago, the mare is now in the paddock after losing a battle with a most untimely virus.
‘’It’s pretty disappointing with her as she was tracking really well towards the Sydney Cup,’’ Price lamented on Monday.
It is the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) that again could be a highlight for Price as he has undeniable claims of defending the title this Saturday with the in-form filly Seabrook.
‘’Brett Prebble will ride her and she’s a quality filly that be strong at the trip for the first time,’’ he said.
Seabrook, who won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes last autumn in Sydney, is coming off an excellent second placing to Verry Elleegant in the G2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m).
Price said Oregon’s Day was likely to contest the Group 2 $200,000 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) this Saturday unless the track was going to be very heavy.
Grunt’s future is being decided this week with his new managing part-owners Yulong Investments to announce whether the four-year-old will race on or be retired to stand at stud.
A dual Group 1 winner of the Australian Guineas and the Makybe Diva Stakes over the mile at Flemington, Grunt ran fifth at his most recent start in the All-Star Mile at Flemington.
The son of O'Reilly is entered to race in either the G1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on April 6 or the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at the same venue a week later.
Mick Price, picture Sportpix.com.au