Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr are using the Danehill Stakes as a key Thousand Guineas lead-up for smart filly Annavisto.

Saturday’s Group 2 Danehill Stakes is part of the Thousand Guineas strategy for impressive debut winner Annavisto.

Annavisto joined the stable of Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr after trialling in New Zealand. The filly blitzed her rivals on debut at Mornington and is a $9 chance to repeat that win in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington.

Bookies are wary of Annavisto after her stablemate Night Raid jumped from a Tatura maiden win to win last Saturday’s Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes at The Valley.

But Price does not expect the daughter of Reliable Man to win the Danehill Stakes.

“I hope she can but I doubt it,” Price said.

“It’s not what I’m thinking. I needed a 1200m race at that time to fit into the program for her.

“We’re using Saturday as a leg in a four-run prep for her toward the Thousand Guineas.”

“Some horses need racing and some horses don’t want too much racing and I think she does need racing.”

“We’ve taught her to behave herself in her races. She’ll sit out the back and if she runs a place, great, and a win would see her as a big chance in the Thousand Guineas because she will get 1600(m).”

Price said the Danehill Stakes would give Annavisto a good grounding for the step up to 1400m for her last lead-up run before next month’s Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.

Former Queenslander Wisdom Of Water will make his debut for the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr stable in the Danehill Stakes. (Photo/Steve Holland)Source:News Corp Australia

Price and Kent will also run former Queenslander Wisdom Of Water in the Danehill Stakes.

Wisdom Of Water has won three of six starts but has not raced since his fifth to Rothfire in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm in June.

Wisdom Of Water has a few quirks but Price said fitness would be the colt’s biggest obstacle in Saturday’s $200,000 sprint in which the three-year-old is a $6 chance in early betting.

“He’s not good to load (in the barriers) but he is behaving himself at the moment,” Price said. “He’s a bit of a lad but he’ll load early.

“He’ll be there until the 100 or 150m mark but I’m not sure if he’s fit enough or not.”

Jye McNeil will ride Annavisto while Mark Zahra will be aboard Wisdom Of Water.

Originally published asPrice looks at big picture in Danehill

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