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Leading VRC Derby contenders sent to the paddock

Leading VRC Derby contenders sent to the paddock

Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr’s three-year-old stocks have taken another hit, with confirmation on Thursday that both Cadazio and Artzino have been sent to the paddock.

The pair had been considered the stable’s leading VRC Derby contenders off the strength of impressive maiden wins but Price reported that he wasn’t happy with their respective recoveries from unplaced runs in Saturday’s Super Impose Stakes at Flemington.


Artzino was rated a $12 Derby chance with Sportsbet, while Cadazio was at $26 in a market headed by emerging Kiwi star Mr Maestro ($4).

“They’ve both gone to the paddock,” Price said.

“They’re spring three-year-olds and they pulled up a bit jarry after Flemington and I wasn’t happy with them.

“I’m happy to pull up on those young horses.

“If we had gone ahead with those two we would’ve created some wear and tear which we don’t want on nice horses.”

The news comes little more than a week after the stable’s leading contender for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, What You Need, was ruled out of the spring with swelling in a fetlock.

The Derby dream remains alive for another of Price’s untapped three-year-olds Big Story, who will tackle the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) in Adelaide on Saturday.

The OTI Racing-owned gelding broke his maiden over 1400m at Ballarat earlier in the season but hasn’t been seen since an unplaced run at The Valley last month.

“He’s a nice horse but he hasn’t raced for 35 days because he had an ordinary blood picture post Moonee Valley,” he told RSN927.

“The horse is very right, he’s in the zone, his work is very good and, while I’m getting to know the horse, I think he’s good enough to go there and win the race.

“That race has fallen right away.”