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Jazz Song To Back Up In Guineas
Melbourne trainer Mick Price says he is expecting a bold showing from well-bred filly Jazz Song in Saturday's Gr2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) at Eagle Farm, reports horseracing.com.au. Jazz Song has raced consistently at stakes level this campaign, even acquiring some valuable black-type of her own when winning the Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley in February. The 3YO daughter of Fastnet Rock finished fifth behind smart filly Srikandi in the Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes at Doomben last Saturday and Price believes she is a winning chance this weekend despite the quick back-up. Price told Racing Ahead that his original plan was to run Jazz Song in the Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm next weekend, but has instead opted for the Queensland Guineas to avoid a potential clash with the likes of Red Tracer and Catkins. "It is the first time that I have ever backed her up, which will be a bit of an experiment, but I wanted to dodge next week because I think that those good Group 1 mares like Red Tracer are going to be really hard to beat," Price said. "I think back to her own age, albeit colts, is going to be ok for her and she has drawn a good gate in a big field. She should have run third the other day but she got held up at a vital stage and I think that she can be very competitive." Jazz Song, who races in the navy blue silks of Coolmore Stud, is from Gr1 Winter Stakes winner Absolut Glam and was purchased by James Bester and Demi O'Byrne for $625,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.