Price Colt Bosses The Guineas

Mighty Boss provided the exclamation point on a banner day for his sire with a 100-1 shocker in the G1 Caulfield Guineas. Pitched into the deep end by trainer Mick Price when making his debut in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude on Feb. 11, the chestnut beat just two home that day and was not seen again until July 2, when he got off the mark in maiden company at Sale. Given another breather until Aug. 30, Mighty Boss was second in a Sandown handicap before finishing off the board in two stakes attempts: a seventh in the Listed Pin and Win Plate at Flemington on Sept. 16 and a fourth in the G2 Bill Stutt S. at Moonee Valley two weeks later.

Mighty Boss, who drew into the Guineas with the scratching of Summer Passage (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) on Thursday, rode the rail in the second half of the field through the opening furlongs with favoured filly Catchy about two lengths in front of him. He still had plenty to do rounding the bend but jockey Michael Walker opted to stick to the fence while Kementari went wide into the stretch. Squeezing through an opening on the fence as Kementari shot to the front and Catchy chased down the middle of the track, Mighty Boss grabbed the Godolphin runner inside the 100 and went on to hand trainer Mick Price his first Caulfield Guineas.

“I think we’ve run placings in this race over the years, but it is a Caulfield Guineas,” Price, who has reloaded his stable after sending last season’s star 3-year-olds Extreme Choice and Flying Artie off to stud, told Racing.com. “You do need luck in the race, and I thought it was a pretty strong race, and he was lucky he did get a run. Ever since he won his Sale maiden, we wanted to point him in, and point him in, and see if we could get him a run, and do our best and cross fingers, and a little bit of magic [got us in the field].”

Pedigree Notes…

Mighty Boss was the fourth stakes winner of the day for Not A Single Doubt, who shot up to second on the Australian sires’ premiership after such a fruitful day. Mighty Boss becomes his sire’s eighth Group 1 winner.

Mighty Boss is out of the dual winner Bullion Mansion, whose first foal was the Tasmanian Derby and Hobart Guineas runner-up Shiralee. Bullion Mansion produced fillies by Declaration Of War in 2015 and 2016. Bullion Mansion is a daughter of the G1 Australasian Oaks winner La Volta (Aus) (Laranto {Aus}), whose other descendants include Group 2-winning siblings Catch A Fire (Aus) and Seaburge (Aus), both by Sebring (Aus). Click for the free Arion.co.nz catalogue-style pedigree.

Saturday, Caulfield, Australia
CAULFIELD GUINEAS-G1, A$2,008,500, MRC, 10-14, 3yo, Open Set Weight, 1600mT, 1:36.04, Good.
1–MIGHTY BOSS, 56.5, c, 3, by Not a Single Doubt
1st Dam: Bullion Mansion, by Encosta de Lago
2nd Dam: La Volta, by Laranto
3rd Dam: Vegahoney, by Todvega (AUS)
1ST STAKES, GROUP GROUP 1 WIN. (NZ$180,000 Ylg 2016
NZB National Yearling Sale) O-Teeley Assets Ltd (Mgr: Ms I F
O’Farrell) M G Price; B-Cobra Bloodstock Australia NSW; T-M
G Price; J-M J Walker; A$1,208,500. Lifetime Record: 6-2-1-0,
A$1,239,750. *1/2 to Shiralee (Stratum), MSP-Aus. Click for
the eNicks report 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A+++
*Triple Plus*.
2–Kementari, 56.5, c, 3, Lonhro–Yavanna, by Redoute’s Choice.
O-Godolphin; B-Darley NSW; T-James Cummings; J-Damian
Lane; A$360,000.
3–Catchy, 54.5, f, 3, Fastnet Rock–Cats Whisker, by
Fusaichi Pegasus (USA). (A$220,000 Ylg 2016 WI Sydney Easter
Yearling Sale) O-Dorrington Farm (Mgr: R J Crabtree) Mrs S
Crabtree; B-Mrs J Jenkins NSW; T-D B Hayes T Dabernig;
J-M Zahra; A$180,000.
Margins: 0.3 len, 1.3 len, 2.3 len. Odds: 100.00, 4.50, 3.40.
Also Ran: Royal Symphony, Perast, Levendi, Salsamor (NZ), Sanctioned, Holy Snow, Sircconi, Showtime, The Mission, Gold Standard, Al Passem, Azazel.
Click for the Racing Post result. VIDEO.

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