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Horse Detail

Name: Oliver

Gender: Gelding

Sire: Encosta De Lago

Dam: Tropicana Lady

Trainer: Mick Price

Foal Date: 14/11/2012



Ontrack Thoroughbreds had to wait until the very end of the William Inglis Premier sale to secure this colt by Encosta de Lago.

Grant Morgan, Ontracks Principal, believed the colt was well worth the wait and although the chestnut is a late foal Morgan is confident he’ll grow into a good type in the coming months.

Since buying the colt, Morgan has informed the TTSC, that the colt has broken-in well and has progressed through his educational phase in ‘super condition’.

Out of a young mare by, Fastnet Rock. Morgan, believes this cross is bound to work well.

Ontrack Thoroughbreds have choosen the Victorian based trainer, Mick Price to prepare the colt as Price has a fantastic record with two year-olds. Mick has saddled the winner of the G1 Blue Diamond in 2012 with Samaready and applied has applied the polish to the runner-up and third placegetters in 2014.

The colts sire, Encosta de Lago has sired 103 stakes winners and of those 23 are winners at G1 level, and, from those Princess Coup, Lashed, and, Titanic Jack are all chestnuts. During the last racing season, 2013-14, Encosta de Lago had a great run with his juvenile stock with two stakes winners, Rubick and Lucky Raquie. From Encosta’s juvenile runners, of which there were 24, nine juveniles won races with overall earnings of $569,637.00.

Eligible for the BOBS bonus scheme and nominated for the rich Inglis Race Series Morgan will ensure the colt is given every chance.

NOT ENOUGH? Tropicana Lady was a $180,000 William Inglis Easter yearling purchase that didn’t race. A sister to the G1 MRC Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights this colt is the mares second foal and demanded inspection with the first foal by High Chaparral.

Out of Aspen Falls (by Hennessy), a winner in America and the dam of six foals three of them have raced and two are winners that includes Irish Lights a winner of three races and $492,950 and Aspen Summit (by Fastnet Rock) a winner in Japan with earnings of $53,675.

The grandam, River Crossing is by Affirmed, a winner of 14 G1 races in America and the sire of 81 stakes winners including 17 at the elite level.

As a broodmare sire, Fastnet Rock (by Danehill) is off to a strong start with 21 runners with a lone stakes winner, Sunset Rock (ex MiIndigo), Cinderalla Stakes, and the stakes placegetters Little Miss Smiley (ex Madame de Stael) and Shees Flawless (ex Fully Fledged). In addition, 10 are winners and progeny earnings stand at $315.579.00 as of November 19th, 2014.

The colt will be managed by Ontrack Thoroughbreds.

Trainer Detail

Mick Price began his training career in 1991 with one horse and a lot of hope. The horse was of average quality but the hope, backed by good judgement, hard work and sound philosophy has elevated Price to the top rank of Australian racehorse trainers, a position acknowledged when he was awarded the Fred Hoysted medal for 2013-2014.

Since his relatively humble entry into the training business, Price has achieved much more than most. By the end of 2012-2014 he had trained 1,670 winners, 24 of them at G1 level. His runners had earned some $70 million and for seven years on end he has turned out more than 100 winners for the season.

As impressive as they are, those figures have come from a moderately-sized stable of horses. Price has around 70 boxes at Caulfield and has recently opened a secondary training operation at Coronet Bay south-east of Melbourne where he can use the beach as well as the open countryside and a private training track to cater for the foibles and idiosyncracies of almost any horse.

The evidence of Price’s approach to training has been made obvious in the development of his two most recent G1 winners, the world’s top-ranked sprinter Lankan Rupee and the star filly Samaready. Lankan Rupee, a well-bred son of Redoute’s Choice had shown Price great promise, but his career only blossomed after Price made the agonising but bold decision to geld him after his first few starts. The horse has since added another seven race wins, including three of Australia’s best sprints, the G1 VRC Newmarket Handicap, MRC Oakleigh Plate and ATC T.J. Smith Stakes.

With Samaready, a brilliant Blue Diamond Stakes winner at two, Price showed great patience and discipline to nurse her back to health and fitness after a couple of campaigns had to be abandoned. After her troulbes Price prepared her to win a G3 race at Caulfield first up after a year off and then to claim the G1 A.J. Moir Stakes by four lengths from Buffering at her next start.

While Lankan Rupee and Samaready have highlighted Price’s talents, it his ability to place his horses to win at all levels that have made him one of the most consistent trainers in Australia. Along with his list of G1 wins, Price-trained runners have collected another 68 G2 and G3 races and 65 Listed events. He has a winning strike rate of 18 per cent – roughly one winner fom every five starters.