The new training partnership of Mick Price and Mick Kent Junior took little time to get into the winner’s stall with winners at three meetings this week.
The pair joined forces officially this week and have already won races with Rhames (Ballarat), Mystery Love (Sandown) and Alidade (Pakenham).
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan said Mick Price has been a key trainer for Ontrack for two decades and welcomed the partnership as a great initiative, describing the move to combine forces as the “way of the future”.
Mick Kent has been working for his father, respected Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent, for the last two years and said the offer from Mick Price to enter into a partnership came “out of the blue”.
“I was working at the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney and Mick approached me and put an offer on the table.
“It was an offer that I could not refuse coming from a master trainer.
“It an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often and one I could not pass up.
“I worked the Inglis Melbourne Sale with Mick and we bought some nice yearlings and I think Mick respects my opinion and we are going to work well together,” said Mick Kent.
Kent’s love for racing started in Singapore where he lived between the ages of 5 and 11 while his father was training.
"Ever since I can remember I have been interested in racing, and going to yearling sales," said Kent, who returned home for his high school and university years.
“Being a student of the game is something that was always impressed upon me by my father.
"I've never seen anything like it, even with all of his knowledge, he still has that thirst for knowledge," Kent says of his father. "He still reads books and science manuals every night."
“He sent me on rounds with vets, I've been to see surgeries, and I've been to pedigree meetings, met up with scientists working on research into all aspects of training and buying yearlings.
He has had me on the phone talking to sectional gurus, he just has this amazing thirst for knowledge and he impressed on me to be the same.”
After completing four years of pre-veterinary science at Melbourne University, all the while riding trackwork most mornings for David Hayes at Flemington, Kent set off on a study tour of the world.
One year with trainer William Haggas, both riding out at Newmarket and as assistant at sales, was followed with visits to Roger Charlton, Richard Hannon Jr, Willie Mullins, and a month in Chantilly with Mikel Delzangles.
More European sales followed, but upon returning to Australia Kent fuelled his competitive fire with some time in the saddle on the picnic circuit.
"That was invaluable," he said of the rough-and-tumble race riding. "It taught me that sometimes what you see on the television is not quite how it is out there on the track."
Ontrack has the stakes placed three-year-old Tavisan with the Price-Kent stable and will be sending the Brazen Beau-Breccia colt purchased at the January Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast to their Caulfield yard.
“It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait because we have a great bunch of young horses and I’m keen to see what the future holds,” said Michael Kent Junior.