Price was right for Thousand Guineas

Champion jockey Damien Oliver landed his fourth Group One Thousand Guineas at Caulfield yesterday when the Mick Price-trained Gallica proved a cut above her opposition.


Oliver, who previously won the $500,000 1600m feature on Azzurro in 1992, Special Harmony in 2003 and Alinghi in 2004, gave Gallica a perfect trail in fourth place until approaching the home turn where the daughter of Redoute’s Choice had moved up to challenge for the lead.

She dashed clear at the top of the straight and had too much in hand for early pacesetter Cats Whisker who battled on well for second and Glowlamp who made ground late for third.

Gallica only broke through for her maiden win at Bairnsdale three starts ago but made it four in a row today after her victories at Ballarat last month and the Group Two Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington on October 4.

"We went there (Bairnsdale) to break her maiden status," Price said.

"We just went there to give her a quick kill."

Price was succinct when asked about Oliver’s ride.

"He’s the best," he said.