Sire: I Am Invincible
Trainer: Mick Price
Foal Date: 26/8/2013
INVINCIBLE ONTRACK WITH LOCATION
Ontrack Thoroughbreds had a massive win when they selected a brown colt by I Am Invincible out of Sansadee from the William Inglis Classic sale two years ago. That brown colt has raced as Brazen Beau and has earned a tick under $1.4million with connections booking a trip to Royal Ascot in England this year.
Ontrack’s success with Brazen Beau reinforced the worth of the stock by the young sire and the companies principal Grant Morgan looked very closly at the next crop of yearlings by the son of Invincible Spirit.
As a racehorse, I Am Invincible was fast and precocious winning on debut as a juvenile that proved durable enough to win two stakes races as a four year-old. Morgan, believes this colt is another good example of the sires progeny and he is determined to make the most of the great opportunities for his future clients from the rich Inglis race series.
As an added bonus the colt is eligible for the BOBS bonus scheme. Out of a young European mare, Location, a winner of two races and placed on five occasions in England. Morgan has decided to place the colt with Mick Price who is based at Caulfield.
Location is by Dansili, a Group 2 winning son of Danehill, with the female family producing many winners in Japan as well.
Grant Morgan, from Ontrack Thoroughbreds, will manage the colts career on behalf of his clients.
NOT ENOUGH? It’s worthy to note when daughters that are by sons of Danehill have been covered by I Am Invincible statistics reveal the cross is working well. As of April 25th, 2015, 10 of those foals have been named and nine have raced and four are winners and include the stakes winner, Vinnie Eagle ($62,578 in earnings)
When the going is good, it isn’t so difficult for a trainer to be the master of the situation.
But a better guide can be how reversals and misfortune are handled. In the past couple of seasons Mick Price has dealt with both sides of the racing coin with equal skill and good grace.
During the 2013-14 season Price turned the handy sprinter Lankan Rupee into a world
champion. Six months after he topped the international lists, Lankan Rupee appeared to be struggling to recapture his best form.
But his trainer maintained peak performance throughout, dealing with the slight disappointment and coaxing perhaps the performance of his career out of Lankan Rupee to win the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. The durable galloper returned from a spring break and scored an emphatic victory under the weight-for-age scale in the VRC’s Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) in February.
Before, Lankan Rupee had come on the scene his banner horse had been his star filly Samaready, a series of setbacks were confronted, dealt with and resolved. It is all part of what makes Price one of Australia’s top 10 trainers and one of Melbourne’s top-10.
Price began training with a one-horse team in 1991 and within half a dozen years he’d
produced his first Group 1 winner.
The total now stands at 20 Group 1 wins in four states and in a wide spectrum of races.
Price-trained runners have won at Group 1 level in juvenile company, three-year-old
classics, weight-for-age, sprints, staying races and with imports and locally-bred runners alike.
In the stable’s stellar 2008-09 season, he trained six Group 1 winners and 10 at Group 2 and Group 3 level.
With Price there is a distinct attitude of attention to detail matched by a crystal clear recognition of the status of the owners. When matched with a keen eye and a talent for placement, it is little wonder Price is permanently among the best.
At the juvenile end of the scale, Price has had notable success. He won a Blue Diamond Stakes with Samaready having earlier “won” and lost it with Roedean. He’s also had great success with such youngsters as Halibery, Perfectly Ready and Malasun.
Among the other Group 1 winners from the Price stable are Pompeii Ruler, who won an Australian Cup and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the top level. He’s won two of Adelaide’s best races, the Robert Sangster Stakes with Bel Mer and the Goodwood with Velocitea and further afield he’s claimed a Group 1 Railway Stakes in Perth with Slavonic.
Price-trained runners are expected to run well at all the major carnivals, and generally they do.
Spring Group 1 trophies have come in Melbourne in the Thousand Guineas thanks to Gallica and Alamosa in the Toorak Handicap, while Aloha has won the always very strong Coolmore Classic at Sydney’s autumn carnival.
Price hasn’t been outside the top five on the Melbourne trainers’ championship in the past five years and was up there again in 2013-14 with 115 winners nationally with $8.4 million in prizemoney.
During the current racing season of 2014-15 season Price has trained 73 winners nationally by mid-April from 519 runnersand his horses have collected $4.2 million in prizemoney. With only three months of the season to go, Price is well on track to keep his ‘top five’ record in tact.