Oceanex winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
If making the most of what's on hand is part of a racehorse trainer's skill set, then Mick Price and his co-trainer Michael Kent Jr have surely hit the mark at Flemington this week.
After winless carnivals at Caulfield and The Valley, the training partners finished with three winners from just nine runners over the four days at Flemington following the thrilling Group 2 Matriarch Stakes victory of Oceanex.
Oceanex won at the odds of $18, which was similar to the price of the stable's other two winners Savaheat ($13) on Thursday and the $12 chance Teleplay in a G3 race on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day.
Price said the stable did not have a G1 horse at the start of the spring so was happy with his haul at Flemington.
"We've got a lot of horses there but if they need time, they need time and that's been the case with a lot of ours," he said. "There are some nice horses there but we're not rushing them for the sake of it."
WATCH: Oceanex's win
Price admitted to being a little surprised with Oceanex's win at G2 level in a $300,000 race.
"When she ran in the Group 2 (Stocks Stakes) when J-Mac (James McDonald) rode her, I said 'She's not good enough to win a mile race here so get out the back and ride her to run a place', which is what we did," Price explained.
"But this is her personal best. She'll go out to the paddock now as this is only start No.13 and she could be a good mare back here next year again."
Price said the winning jockey, Jye McNeil, could make it to the top if the 24-year-old continues his rate of improvement.
"He rides good this kid," he said of McNeil. "He has to keep improving but he's one that maybe can.
"He's got that cool temperament and hopefully he’s smart enough to keep improving. He's an interesting jockey I reckon.
"He rode it cool and calm and came out at the right time."