Caulfield trainer Mick Price canâ€™t believe his luck to have stable rider Craig Newitt aboard two of his runners at Moonee Valley on Friday.
Price-trained gallopers Pre Eminence and Running Riot will take part in races which are part of the three-race series between Melbourneâ€™s four leading riders and a quartet of Hong Kongâ€™s finest jockeys led by 10-time champion hoop Douglas Whyte.
Running Riot will run in the 1300 Tip Trucks Handicap (1600m), Price believing the engagement of Newitt combined with a drop back in class will help the five-year-old figure in the finish.
â€œItâ€™s a great piece of luck to have Craig on our horses in a series like this,â€ Price said. â€œThe luck of the draw just went our way, its good karma I suppose.
â€œCraigâ€™s won on her three times and knows how to ride her. The mareâ€™s last two runs have been excellent in much harder races. Sheâ€™s going to be in the finish again on Friday.â€
The stableâ€™s Group II-winning four-year-old, Pre Eminence, returns from a four-week lay-off in the Programmed Property Services Handicap (1600m).
â€œHe had a fair amount of tracheal mucus so we had to treat him for it,â€ Price said. â€œI get the feeling heâ€™ll be much better suited over more ground. Heâ€™s a country cups horse which will be suited over 2000 metres plus.
â€œHeâ€™s drawn wide in 14. Weâ€™ll have to go back and ride him for luck. Heâ€™s a chance if the pace is on.â€
Price said his other runner at Moonee Valley, the three-year-old Point Pain, is no certainty to take his place in the Group II Stutt Stakes (1600m) with the son of Exceed And Excel a chance to line up at Caulfield on Sunday over 1400 metres.