Astute Victorian trainer Mick Price is quietly confident about Annavisto’s chances in Saturday’s Group 1 Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm.
Trainer Mick Price is optimistic reformed stress pot Annavisto will be “somewhere in the finish” in Saturday’s Group 1 Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm.
Annavisto has trialled twice in Brisbane to tune up for the $700,000 assignment – the last Group 1 of the Australian season.
“We set her up for it and she‘s had a perfect lead in,” Price said.
“She’ll be in the finish somewhere.”
Annavisto was touched off in a 1050m pipe-opener at Deagon last week.
Sydney-based jockey Rachel King is booked to ride Annavisto, the $6 second favourite in TAB’s pre-nominations Tatts Tiara market.
“She’s a good rider and especially on the go forward horses,” Price said.
Free-running Annavisto won the Group 3 Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington first-up in March.
She trained on to finish fourth in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes before running second in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
“I’m a little bit optimistic she can win a Group 1,” Price said.
“She‘s off a break, I didn’t need to run her in the Stradbroke, she’s trialled good and I think she’ll turn up pretty spot on.”
Price, a 41-time Group 1 winner, including four in partnership with Michael Kent Jr, has yet to taste top-flight success in Queensland.
But first-up 1400m specialist Annavisto is well-placed to break the drought on Saturday.
The New Zealand-bred daughter of Reliable Man, out of a Tavistock mare, learned to win and race consistently last year with a carefully-managed program.
“I knew she‘d be a horse we had to make a bit because she was a very stressy, young horse … she’d blow off all this nervous energy,” Price said.
“If you don‘t stress them (the breed), spell them and train them and spell them, they eventually come OK.
“She‘s still got that spark in her, which a lot of good horses have, but I thought she was always going to improve (with time).”
Annavisto will face stiff opposition from fellow Victorian mare Snapdancer, the $5 favourite and last-start Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes winner.
Ethan Brown is riding the well-travelled Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained mare, who boasts wins in four states — Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.
Prized breeding prospect Away Game, who sold for $4m last month, is a $13 Tatts Tiara chance for the Maher-Eustace stable.
Originally published as Trainer Mick Price has Annavisto ‘spot on’ for Group 1 Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm