Ouroboros may have put his own gelding operation on ice, with the two-year-old colt scoring a gritty on-pace win in the 1000-metre Quayclean Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Mick Price and Michael Kent jnr-trained galloper jumped well and sat outside of Peter Moody’s Amigo, with the pair keeping the bunched field at a steady gallop.
Once in the straight Ouroboros ($7.50) kicked strongly and held off Nick Ryan’s fast finishing debutant Wolfy ($5), who had very little luck, to post a one-length victory.
Price had earlier said on radio a gelding operation was likely for the son of Harry Angel, who had managed three placings but no wins from his first three starts.
However, Saturday’s tough win may have the team rethinking these plans, with the colt finally displaying the winning instinct Price has been wanting to see.
“He’s had a number of starts and hadn’t been able to win, and tell us he was a good colt,” Price said.
“He did a good job then because he was exposed the whole way. He did it early; the sectionals were fast; he did it late.
“It was a pretty strong display over 1200 metres … I’ll have to speak to (owners) Jason Stenning and Sean (Dingwall) and say ‘righto … what do you want to do boys?’”
One person who may want Ouroboros to stay entire is jockey Craig Newitt, who was full of praise for the colt post-race.
“He’s actually a lovely colt, he’s very well-mannered, just gets a little bit excited,” Newitt said.
“The longer I was on him before the race, the more relaxed he became… I coddled him around the corner, and he put the leader away pretty quick.”
“When they got within range of us, you could tell he had something in hand.”
Ouroboros was purchased by the stable for $200k during the 2022 Inglis Classic sale and has now racked up $126k in prizemoney after just four starts.