Price wins Albany Cup

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Capel trainer Ross Price had one of his biggest victories of the season, when My Magic Miss won the $100,000 Wellington and Reeves Real Estate Albany Cup (2070m) yesterday.

Despite a poor jump from barrier nine, jockey Joseph Azzopardi held his nerve and got them to the outside, waiting until the 1400m mark to get up into third.

By the 500m mark he put his foot down and the pair battled strongly down the straight to win by a nose from William Pike and Falcon Crest.

Joseph Azzopardi celebrates winning the $100,000 Wellington and Reeves Real Estate Albany Cup (2070m) on Sunday.
Camera IconJoseph Azzopardi celebrates winning the $100,000 Wellington and Reeves Real Estate Albany Cup (2070m) on Sunday. Credit: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix

It was just the fifth career win from 21 starts for the five-year-old New Zealand-born mare.

My Magic Miss gave Price his first win in the Albany Cup.

He said he was confident heading into the meet, as the mare had good form, placing second in the Prince of Wales and Pinjarra Cups, as well as fifth in the XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup.

“There was a little less quality in the field down there,” he said.

Price said she missed even though she missed the jump from the gate, he was still enthusiastic about her chances.

“Joseph knows her well now and he did a good job getting her into position,” he said.

Price said My Magic Miss would now have a couple of weeks off before returning to the track.

He said that this season would likely be her last.

“She will go to stud next year,” he said.

“She will have a couple of weeks off now to freshen up and then we will keep her going for as long as we can.”

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