Equestrian work helping valuable colt Profiteer prepare for first-up tilt in Moir Stakes

Equestrian work could provide a base for Profiteer to live up to his high price tag in a first-up crack at the Group 1 Moir Stakes in September.

Newgate Farm paid a hefty sum for a controlling share in Profiteer in January before the exciting colt’s win in the $2 million Inglis Millennium in Sydney on February 5.

Profiteer ran second in the Group 2 Todman Stakes before finishing midfield as a $4 favourite in the Golden Slipper at his last start in March.

Co-trainer Mick Price said Profiteer was busy with daily equestrian work to help mentally improve the rising three-year-old before his return to Melbourne to start his spring preparation next month.

“He’s in NSW doing some equestrian work and he’s settled. He’ll come back down to me in a few weeks’ time,” Price, who trains Profiteer in partnership with Michael Kent Jr, said.

“He’s doing a mixture of jumping poles on the ground, 30cm arches, little jumps as well as some trot and canter work in a quiet environment.

“It’s good colt work. It’s good work for him and it’s probably something we’d be doing with him down here anyway.

“That sort of work gets them off the bit and it gives them a bit of discipline.”

Profiteer was a brilliant winner down the Flemington straight in December last year. Picture: Racing Photos.Source:Getty Images

Price has successfully targeted the Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley with three-year-olds in past years.

He won the feature sprint in 2016 with Extreme Choice after that colt also finished midfield in the Golden Slipper while he also prepared filly Samaready to win the weight-for-age contest in 2013.

The Moir Stakes on September 24 will be one of only two spring appearances for Profiteer.

“The Moir is doable for him. It’s going to be a hard race but it’s a Group 1 and I believe he has Group 1 ability,” Price said.

“He will be running in the Moir then into the Coolmore (Stud Stakes at Flemington).

“I think that’s a nice Group 1 sprinting program for him and it will suit him well.”

Price said the two-run spring campaign would allow him to aim Profiteer at Melbourne’s big sprints – the Lightning Stakes, Oakleigh Plate or Newmarket Handicap – in the autumn.

Originally published asBoom colt Profiting from equestrian work

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