CHAMPION trainer Mick Price is confident promising Benicio colt Cuban Sunday can overcome an awkward draw and older horses in Thursday’s Independent Cranes Handicap (1309) at Seymour and thus keep his unbeaten record in tact.
The 2YO had no trouble dispensing of the older horses running out a clear 1.8-lens winner at his debut at Sale on July 13.
Price has called upon the expertise of Damien Oliver to steer Cuban Sunday at Seymour as he seeks to add another win as a 2YO before the season comes to an end on July 31.
“Barrier 10 of 11 is not so bad given where the gates are positioned on the chute,” Price said.
“I am happy with him and he is ready to race well.
“We are running him here with a view to rounding off his preparation at Flemington on Saturday August 7 over 1400m worth $70,000.”
HOOFNOTE: In an interesting coincidence, Oliver piloted Cuban Sunday’s classic winning sire Benicio when he won his first barrier trial outing at Cranbourne over 770m.
Benicio was a smart 2YO himself winning by 4-lens at Bendigo in a Maiden before finishing 5th in the G1 VRC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) less than two weeks later.