The early signs are promising for Mick Price’s spring carnival assault with some impressive showings at the Cranbourne trials on Monday.

Black-type winners Ready for Victory and Prince of Brooklyn took their first steps towards the Caulfield Guineas with strong runs, while Invincible Heart and Pressing also won their trials with ease, reports

Ready for Victory finished fourth in the Golden Slipper and enjoyed a solid hit-out, running on nicely for third behind Kentucky Flyer.

“He’ll run at the end of the month in the McNeil, and I would guess from there that he would be a Golden Rose runner and then he’ll run in a prelude of the Caulfield Guineas,” Price said.

“I reckon the Caulfield Guineas will probably suit him.

“He’s a nice, seasoned three-year-old now but he’s a bigger, stronger horse and he’s going well.”

WATCH: Ready For Victory's Cranbourne trial 




The undefeated Prince of Brooklyn won his trial in terrific fashion and will join Ready for Victory on a Caulfield Guineas path.

“I think the mile will be good for him,” Price said.

“I don’t think he’s as quick as Ready for Victory and I think the races he was placed in were really beneficial to him.

“But he’s still a nice horse.”

WATCH: Prince of Brooklyn win his 800m trial at Cranbourne




Invincible Heart certainly caught the eye, winning her trial untouched and Price certainly took notice.

“We ran her at Moonee Valley in one of the night meetings there and she plugged away and ran an OK third, but she was only a little baby,” the Caulfield trainer said.

“She had a good spell and is a totally different horse. Physically she’s grown up heaps.

“Hopefully we can give her a little kill in a maiden and then follow some Black-Type in the spring.

“She’s a sprinting filly won’t be chasing anything past 1200m probably, but it was a good trial. It was a heavy 10 and she skimmed across the top so it was good.”

Despite the promise of a fruitful spring carnival, Price isn’t getting too excited just yet.

“I usually get excited about 100m off the line,” he laughed.

Lankan Rupee is in work, he’ll run in the Schillaci (Stakes), so that’s still a while off yet.

“I’ve got two horses that I’m hoping can be VRC Derby horses – a horse called Whoop Whoop and a horse called Tarzino.

“I’ve got some nice horses.”