Undefeated Ayrton to Target the Stradbroke

Mark Smith - Saturday May 8

While there were no stakes races at Caulfield on Saturday, plenty were willing to argue the most promising young horse to race on the day captured the final event on the programme.

It is hard not to get caught up in Mick Price's unbridled enthusiasm for the 3yo Iffraaj (GB) gelding Ayrton.

Ayrton (Image Grant Courtney)

The final leg of a 5-timer for Jamie Kah, Ayrton kept his record at a perfect three for three with a dominant performance over 1200m in his first start in 19 weeks.

Given an easy time of it over the final furlong, Ayrton defeated Curran (Night Of Thunder by one and a quarter lengths with The Big Easy (Written Tycoon) a further three and three-quarter lengths back in third.

The win earned Ayrton a trip to Brisbane for the Fred Best Stakes, which hopefully will be a springboard to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

"I was a little bit toey about the 1200m, but I wanted him as fresh as he could be," Price said.

"He has had two good trials. He is a good-tempered horse, still a bit to learn, but I think 1400m or a mile would be good.

"We have our little plan, which involves a trip, then that will be us for this prep.

"I'm not a big spruiker, I hope I'm not anyway, but I remember when we first had the horse on his first start, a couple of Hong Kong people rang. I usually say 'give me a figure,' but I said a plain no, it's not happening.

"I think he is one of the better horses I've had.

"The Fred Best in three weeks is a win and you're in for the Stradbroke. All being well, that will be us."

Ayrton failed to make his $40,000 reserve as a yearling - worth much more now

Bred by Greg McCarthy and sent to Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan, Ayrton caught the eye of bloodstock agent Phill Cataldo in a barrier trial. Purchased by clients of Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, Ayrton carries the increasingly familiar colours of Roll The Dice Racing.

Passed in shy of his $40,000 reserve at the 2019 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale, Ayrton is the second winner from as many to race out of the unraced Falkirk mare Odessa.

A half-sister to the Group III Eulogy Stakes winner Monterey Bay, Odessa died in 2019. Her final foal is a 2yo colt by Sweynesse.


Race Result - Darren Gauci Hcp 1200m

Caulfield Track: Good(4) Time: 1:10.08
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Jamie Kah 56.5
3g Iffraaj (GB) x Odessa (NZ) (Falkirk (NZ))
T: Ms L Tolson & Ms L Proctor J: Matthew Cartwright 53.5
3g Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Tramell (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Inglis 2020 JULY (Late) Online Sale $600
V:Ciaron Maher Racing
The Big Easy
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Teodore Nugent 53.5
3g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Sunday Chill (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock Pty Ltd
T: P G Moody J: Carleen Hefel 54
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Crafty Irna (AUS) (Starcraft (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Tyreel Stud Agnes Banks NSW
B: Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
Yulong Command
T: A & S Freedman J: Lachlan King 56
3g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Prettyhappyaboutit (AUS) (Magnus (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow
B: Yulong Investments
MM National Weanling Sale $220,000
V:Kambula Stud Kadina SA
B: Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
Crystal Chief
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: D Moor 54
3g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Crystal Wit (AUS) (Distorted Humor (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $100,000
V:Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington
B: Ciaron Maher Racing
Shelby Cobra
T: M D Moroney J: B Prebble 58
3g Toronado (IRE) x Segenhoe Valley (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $130,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables Australia
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $70,000
V:Makybe, Gnarwarre
B: Maluka Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Haystacks Calhoun
T: Ms D Chapman J: Patrick Moloney 54
3g Rubick (AUS) x Miss Haystacks (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $170,000
V:Rangal Park Stud, Euroa
B: Jadeskye Racing / M G Price Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd
River Night
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Liam Riordan 53
3f Night Of Thunder (IRE) x River Pearl (AUS) (Helmet (AUS))
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