Four-year old entire Shrewd Rhythm has found a new home with astute Caulfield trainer Mick Price.
Price has been given the difficult task of resurrecting the son of Danehill Dancer’s career as he prepares for life after racing as a stallion with Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm operation.
Only lightly raced, Shrewd Rhythm (4h Danehill Dancer-Balcanny by Canny Lad) began his career with Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell, bursting onto the scene with victory in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude before finishing a narrow third to Sleek Chassis in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes.
Returning as a three-year old he won the Listed Vain Stakes in fine style before being transferred to the care of David Hayes. Due to a string of injuries Shrewd Rhythm had been restricted to just the eight starts for Hayes with his best result being a third in the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
Mick Price is Patinack’s number one trainer in Melbourne and the well respected horseman is looking forward to the challenge of turning Shrewd Rhythm’s form around, but admits there is no firm agenda.
“I can’t really lose with him,” Price said. “I haven’t been given any targets or anything like that with him but I’ve had him about three weeks and the first thing I need to do is calm him down. He’s just such a high-strung sort of horse but he’s shown me he has ability, I’ll be trying to get him to an open class race on a Saturday first and then see how we go. I’ve been working him in pacifiers which has been good for him. We’ve made a start and hopefully we’ll keep progressing with him.”
Shrewd Rhythm is one of ten foals for the stakes winning Balcanny, making him a half brother to G2 Caulfield Sprint winner Blur (Flying Spur), and a full brother to stakes placed two-year old Dancescape. Balcanny has a yearling filly by Vinery sire Benicio and a weanling colt by Coolmore sire Fastnet Rock.