Price happy with Masculino

08 September 2017 04:17:53 EST

Masculino will be looking to take a big step forward when he races in the Sweeney Handicap (1509m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday afternoon.

Masculino already has a Benalla maiden and a Cranbourne Class 1 win to his name, but the Mick Price-trained colt will be looking to step up a level tomorrow.

Price is happy with the way that Masculino is developing, but is well aware the opposition will be significantly tougher in this latest $120,000 assignment.

"Masculino is a big leggy young three-year-old colt that is learning," Price said. "It's the time of the year when all of the good ones come out to play and I understand that.

"He has got to get around Moonee Valley but he'll be competitive and he's learning all the time."

Price said the Moonee Valley race attracted a certain type of three-year-old, which made the target more attractive than the Listed Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday week.

"You have got different formlines. The more grinding three-year-old comes here (Moonee Valley) versus the ones that will go into the Exford into the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and the Caulfield Guineas," Price said.

"I've tried to steer him into the lesser of the formlines but it will just depend on how he gets around Moonee Valley I think.

"Once he gets into the better three-year-old company, it might sort him out. I think he'll get a good 1600m but I'm not sure he'll sprint as well as the better ones."

Masculino is 19/5 to win the Sweeney Handicap while Aberro can be backed at 23/10.

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