Cambourne

Cambourne (Image: Racing Photos)

Two Guineas hopefuls for Price, Kent Jnr

The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr combination will head into Saturday's Group 1 Kennedy Australian Guineas (1600m) with a two-pronged attack, with Cambourne and Ironedge set to take their place in the $1 million feature.

Mark Zahra has been booked to ride Cambourne after his first-up seventh in the C.S. Hayes Stakes, with the stable expecting sharp improvement out to 1600 metres.

"He has bounced through his run and we are extremely happy with him," Kent Jnr explained.

"I thought it was a hidden run, he ended up in an awkward spot and is a big, free-flowing horse and they ran quick time in that race.

"He probably wasn't sharp enough and needs to build into the race at his leisure."

Cambourne, a $300,000 yearling purchase, caught the attention last spring by winning his first two races, and subsequently finished fourth to Crosshaven in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

"I think the mile is really in his favour and I think he is a horse we can get a result out of in the autumn," Kent Jnr said.

"I am optimistic he is a top-five chance on Saturday."

The Redoute's Choice colt is held in high regard by the stable and could be bound for the Rosehill Guineas on March 20 if he runs well in Saturday's race.

The second of the stable's chances, Ironedge, will need to progress from maiden to G1 company on Saturday after breaking through at Pakenham first-up over 1400m.

"We've always liked him as a horse and race and race him in good company," Kent Jnr said.

"He got the job done in maiden company with the blinkers on and we didn't want to go backwards with him and think he is worthy of his chance."

Michael Walker will retain the ride on the son of Shamus Award, who scored at Ballarat on February 7. 

"Hugh Bowman is locked in to ride for the Todman Stakes and he has put on good condition," Kent Jnr said.

"He is thriving and will work over a half mile tomorrow morning."

The stable's Thoursand Guineas winner Odeum will have her second jumpout on Wednesday at Caulfield ahead of returning on March 6 at Flemington.

"She is really flying and (has) improved again this preparation," Kent Jnr said.

"We thought she would as what she achieved was all in her first preparation and every hurdle we put in front of her she rose to the challenge."

Kent Jnr suggested the Coolmore Legacy and Australasian Oaks as potential targets.

The stable's unbeaten galloper Ayrton has completed two weeks of pre-training and will return to Caulfield in a fortnight before embarking on a Brisbane winter campaign.