MERCURY TASMANIA, SPORT, HORSE RACING, FEBRUARY 10, 2018. Civil Disobedience (John Allen) records an effortless win in the Tasmanian Derby at Elwick yesterday
MERCURY TASMANIA, SPORT, HORSE RACING, FEBRUARY 10, 2018. Civil Disobedience (John Allen) records an effortless win in the Tasmanian Derby at Elwick yesterday

Boss may back up if recovery is adequate

THE scale of trainer Mick Price's ­Australian Guineas arsenal will ­depend on Mighty Boss's powers of recovery.

Eighth to Brave Smash in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at the weekend, Mighty Boss could back up at Flemington on Saturday, but only if he shows no adverse effects from his Caulfield outing.

"He has got to have a good week," Price said.

Chasing his third Guineas victory after wins in 2008 and 2009 with Light Fantastic and Heart Of Dreams, Price will saddle last-start winners Grunt and Holy Snow on Saturday.

Mighty Boss wins the Caulfield Guineas last year. Picture: Alex Coppel
Mighty Boss wins the Caulfield Guineas last year. Picture: Alex Coppel

Grunt and Holy Snow worked over 1200m at Caulfield before Saturday's races, impressing Price.

"They ran a strong time,'' he said. "It was good trackwork.

"They'll be fine and take their place. They ran their last two (furlongs, 400m) in 22.7 and it was good work. I was happy with both of them because it was just a ­lovely gallop.

"I've had no dramas with Grunt. I won't have to do anything with Holy Snow.

"I'll gallop on Tuesday morning as he's three weeks between runs."

Brave Smash proves too powerful in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes. Picture: AAP
Brave Smash proves too powerful in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes. Picture: AAP

Holy Snow won the Group 2 Autumn Stakes, while Grunt is coming of a dogged win in the Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes, both over 1400m.

If Mighty Boss fails to please Price, Saturday week's Randwick Guineas is an ­option.

Jockey Michael Walker signalled a more patient approach might be the key to Mighty Boss.

"Maybe it was second-up syndrome. It might be that he's better ridden quiet and maybe we'll ride him that way in the (Australian) Guineas," he said.

Tony McEvoy is likely to start Bring Me Roses in the Guineas, hopeful she can become the fifth filly to win the race. Mosheen (2012) is the most recent to upstage the males in the 1600m feature.

Civil Disobedience and John Allen record an effortless win in the Tasmanian Derby.
Civil Disobedience and John Allen record an effortless win in the Tasmanian Derby.

Meanwhile, Darren Weir will break fresh ground when Civil Disobedience tackles the New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on Saturday.

The colt arrived in Auckland as Weir was celebrating Brave Smash's Group 1 Futurity Stakes success and Gailo Chop's Group 2 Peter Young Stakes triumph at Caulfield on Saturday.

Weir stable foreman Jarrod McLean said Civil Disobedience, a last-start Tasmanian Derby winner, had travelled well.

"Everything went well," McLean said. "He handled the flight well, he ate, drank well. Everything is good."

Civil Disobedience will try to become the first Australian-trained horse to win the 2400m NZ Derby since Bede Murray's Coniston Bluebird in 2009.

The colt is a $12 chance behind TAB's joint $5.50 favourites Danzdanzdance and Scott Base.

Winner of four of his past six races, Civil Disobedience has been ridden mostly by John Allen, but the Irishman is likely to be at Flemington on Saturday to partner Cliff's Edge in the Australian Guineas. If so, apprentice Ben Allen will take over at Ellerslie.

"We've nominated a few ­before (for New Zealand), but they didn't get there and everything is now in order for Civil Disobedience," Weir said.

"The Tasmanian Derby wasn't a strong race, but he did it well."


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