Yet to appear competitively on course, Mick Price has confirmed exciting filly prospect Fitna will make her racing debut at Flemington in this weekend’s Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicap (1200m), in what the Caulfield trainer hopes will be the first point of call on her way to the 2014 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in October.
Saddling exciting colts Cornrow and Jabali through a notable two-year-old season in autumn, Price is no stranger to the rising three-year-old season ahead, and is confident Fitna will place in contention in her racing debut this weekend.
“She’s a nice big, strong filly and I’m hoping that she can be a Thousand Guineas filly,” Price told RSN.
“She only has to run in the first three for us to be pleased with her but she’ll be a nice filly over the mile (1600m).
“There’s a couple of nice horses that have had good debuts in the race and it’s not going to be an easy race to win but our expectations are that she’ll run in the first three or four.”
Confirmed to be partnered by renowned jockey Glen Boss for her maiden race start, Fitna will have to overcome the wide and relatively awkward barrier 10; however Price believes the prospect of a damp surface is more likely to inhibit the Fastnet Rock filly’s chances at Flemington.
“She doesn’t handle the choppy ground, I galloped her here at Caulfield last Saturday on a heavy track and she was no good on it so I think the track at Flemington should be OK for her,” Price added.
“I would love to see her ridden with a bit of cover. Hopefully she can follow the right horse and get a trail into the race.”
Yet to appear in early betting markets for the 2014 Thousand Guineas, to be run at Caulfield on October 11th, Fitna is sure to cause several ripples if success at Flemington this weekend.
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