Mick Price bullish about Caulfield duo

Anatola created a big impression when she won on debut for previous trainer Peter Moody and her new trainer Mick Price is hoping she can do the same when she debuts for his stable at Caulfield on Saturday.

Unbeaten in her first two starts, the daughter of More Than Ready tasted defeat for the first time when she finished third at Moonee Valley in February before going for a spell.

Price said he was very pleased with Anatola’s preparation leading into her return on Saturday.

“She’s a very smart horse and is going super. She’s had two trials and has gone really well. We haven’t overly pressured her in her trials but she’s a natural running, speedy sort of a filly,” Price said.

“She worked on the course proper on Tuesday morning and just over her last 100m she had a little bit of a puff. She might just be one of those fillies that are a bit like that, one of those speedy More Than Ready fillies where you have them a little bit unders but then on race day they go bang.

“I’m certainly looking forward to seeing her run. I was tempted to run her last week down the straight but I’m glad I didn’t, it looked a hard race against the boys.

“Against the fillies she gets a good winning chance and she’s flying.”

Anatola will be partnered by Craig Newitt from barrier five in Saturday’s $80,000 Sheen Group Plate (1100m), which has attracted a full field of 16 runners including Petite’s Reward (barrier 16), World Of Hope (15), Certain Ellie (nine), Lady Esprit (seven) and Sky Dazzle (13).

News from Ben Asgari, Racing.com

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