King set for Moonee Valley

13 June 2018 07:22:51 EST

Smart sprinter King River will get the chance to impress potential new owners when he races in the Silver Thomas Hanley Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Premier WA owner Bob Peters has put his six-year-old up for auction to make room for new talent ahead of the 2018/19 season and trainer John Price thinks he would be a good buy for somebody.

"He's an absolute gem in all aspects but the only fault he's got is that these days he looks like a genuine wet tracker and wants a bit of cut in the ground because of his feet," Price said.

"Hopefully he'll run and run a good race and sell."

King River relished the soft conditions in his comfortable Caulfield win on 14th April and with rain forecast ever day in Melbourne in the lead up to Saturday's race, conditions should again be ideal.

"We got him on to a track that had a bit of cut in it and he bolted in at Caulfield," Price said. "I just try and work him up the hill at Cranbourne and he still gets that good clean-out in his wind but it's more pushing up the hill with his back legs rather than hitting the ground with his front.

"He'll run at Moonee Valley if gets the cut in the track he needs and whether he does well in the next few days."

Meanwhile, Apprentice Fred Kersley will ride King River at Moonee Valley.

Champagne Cuddles meanwhile is 9/2 to win the Tattersall's Tiara on 23rd June. Moss Trip is 8/1 while Daysee Doom is 10/1.

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