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Futurity Stakes Next For Mighty Boss

Mighty Boss was galloped on when an unlucky seventh behind Hartnell in last Saturday's CF Orr Stakes.
Trainer Mick Price said Mighty Boss suffered superficial cuts and was fortunate there was no serious damage to his hind legs.
"He got galloped on in about four spots behind so he was lucky not to get seriously hurt,” Price reported.
Price said his program for Mighty Boss remained unchanged with the trainer planning to give the three-year-old another start against older horses in the G1 Futurity Stakes (1400mn) at Caulfield on February 24 before he contests the Guineas over 1 m at Flemington on March 3.
Price regarded the luckless Orr Stakes effort by Mighty Boss as an excellent Guineas trial.
"He's a better horse this time in and that's what we saw on Saturday,” he said. “He was trying to win - it wasn't his fault that there was just too much traffic."
Price is in a strong position for the Australian Guineas after stablemate Holy Snow staked a big claim with his impressive win in last Saturday’s Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Price said Holy Snow will go straight to the Australian Guineas without another race.
"Holy Snow is good. He's a tough horse and I don't think I need to run him again," he said.
Saturday’s Flemington meeting underlines the depth in Price’s three-year-old team as the trainer has the classy trio Grunt, Cao Cao and I Have Arrived down to run in the CS Hayes Stakes (1400m).
The Tony McEvoy-trained Scarecrow passed a barrier test at Caulfield on Tuesday following his late scratching from last Saturday’s Autumn Stakes, clearing him to start in the CS Hayes Stakes this weekend.
The three-year-old was scratched at the barrier last Saturday after becoming fractious and hitting his head in the starting gates.

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