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Name: My Dream Lover

Gender: Colt

Sire: Excelebration

Dam: Miss Coolum

Trainer: Mick Price

Foal Date: 13/10/2014

 

CHESTNUT OUT OF A HALF-SISTER TO SHOCKING

Ontrack Thoroughbreds were impressed with this forward type of colt by Excelebration that bought out of the Inglis Classic sale in February.

Ontrack’s principal Grant Morgan was responsible for selecting dual Group 1 winner Brazen Beau and Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up, is thrilled to add this chestnut colt to his portfolio.

Morgan has selected Mick Price to train the colt from his stables at Caulfield and believes the chestnut will be suited to Prices’ conditioning regime.

By Excelebration, a triple Group 1 winning three-year-old with an imposing record of eight wins and five placings from a 15-race start career that netted connections more than AUD$2.5million. The young sire, is by leading sire Exceed and Excel and was able to finished runner-up to English champion Frankel in the Group 1 Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes (1600 m.) too.

Excelebration is out of Sun Shower (by Indian Ridge) and hails from a family that has produced the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Sarah Siddons (by Le Levanstell), the Group 1 Irish Oaks winner Princess Pati (by Top Ville) along with Leggera (by Sadler’s Wells) winner of the Group 1 Longcomap Prix Vermeille and runner-up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1997 behind Sagamix.

NOT ENOUGH? Miss Coolum a juvenile winner is by Lujain, winner of the Group 1 Newmarket Middle Park Stakes (1200m.), and is a half-sister to the Group 1 VRC Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup winner Shocking (by Street Cry).

Miss Coolum’s racing career was limited to12-starts that featured an on debut win as a two-year-old at Ballina over 1010m in 2006.

The colts career will be managed by Ontrack Thoroughbreds.

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. Over the past few 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 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.

Since, Lankan Rupee had come on the scene Price has applied the polish to the Group 1 VRC Derby and ATC Rosehill Guineas winner Tarzino. As well as keeping his record with juveniles in tact preparing Extreme Choice to win the Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes at his home base of Caulfield.

Extreme Choice has returned to racing as a stronger three-year-old with the colt delivering Price a second win in the Group 1 MVRC Moir Stakes after preparing Samaready, also a winner of a Blue Diamond Stakes in 2012, to win the Group 1 Moir Stakes in 2013.

Price is able to deal with setbacks, and, develop juveniles all part of what makes Mick Price one of Australia’s top 10 trainers.

Price began training with a one-horse team in 1991 and within half a dozen years he’d produced his first Group 1 winner. That total now stands at 24 Group 1 wins in four states in a wide spectrum of races.

Price-trained runners have won those Group 1 events at juvenile level, three-year-old classics, weight-for-age, sprints, staying races and with imports and locally-bred runners alike.

The stable had a stellar racing season during 2008-09, wherein Price 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 his owners. When matched with a keen eye and a talent for placement, it is little wonder Price is permanently among the best.

Price has won and lost a Blue Diamond Stakes with Roedean, he has had great success in Group and Listed races with his overal tally of 163 wins from Halibery, Perfectly Ready, Kempinsky, French Bid, Jabali, Moonovermanhattan, Tango’s Daughter, Testa My Patience, Badawiya etc.

Among the other Group 1 winners from the Price stable are Pompeii Ruler, winner of an Australian Cup and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. 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 hasn’t been outside the top-10 on the Melbourne trainers’ championship over the past seven years and was up there again in 2014-15 season with 103 winners nationally with $8.1 million in prizemoney.

During the 2015-16 racing season Price trained 97 winners nationally with earnings of more than $8.1million and in his home state Price trained gallopers won 93 races which kept him in the states ‘top 10’ again.