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Milestone in sight as Price's star continues to rise

Will Price has a full book of rides as he sets out after his 50th city winner of the season at Flemington on Saturday.

Price has enjoyed a rapid rise in the Victoria riding ranks since his debut in September 2019, having ridden 46 winners at metropolitan level in the 2020-21 season and comes off a double at Sandown on Wednesday.

The South Australian export sits just two wins behind Damien Oliver in fourth spot on the Premiership behind record-breaker Jamie Kah with the likes of Craig Wllliams, Jye McNeil and John Allen behind him.

Price’s boss, and uncle, Dan O’Sullivan said it had been an impressive effort from the so of former leading Adelaide jockey Simon,

“He’s had an outstanding season,’’ O’Sullivan said.

“Two wins behind D. Oliver. If he could finish in top three, it would a big result for South Australia firstly with Jamie (Kah) and what Will has achieved,’’ he said.

And O’Sullivan stressed his numbers could have been even better.

“There’s been 11 meetings he couldn’t ride at,’’ O’Sullivan said.

“When he outrode his country claim he couldn’t ride on the Group 1 days during the spring and also through the COVID lockdown, so his numbers have been superb.

“It’s probably slowed up a little as he claim has reduced but then you look at Saturday and he has nine rides,’’ he said.

Riding for the likes of Peter Moody, the Lindsay Park stable and riding winners for leviathan owner Lloyd Williams was reward for not only effort but Price’s attention to detail and O’Sullivan said that would only enhance his chances of getting the chance in bigger races come the spring.

“The trainers you speak to, it’s not only the way he rides, his manner, it’s also his feedback and his ability to follow instructions,’’ O’Sullivan said.

“I still think he’ll get some good opportunities heading into the spring. There could be opportunities aboard some light weight horses, and you want a jockey in-form.

“The other big thing for me is the fact that after Saturday he’s suspended for eight meetings, but that is only his second suspension in almost two years of race riding which is a fantastic effort,’’ he said.

Price’s brother Ben has been making steady progress in the South Australian riding ranks with 30 winners in season 2020-21 since he made his riding in January.

He has a full of book of rides at Port Augusta on Sunday and is closing in on securing his metropolitan licence.

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