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In blow for punters that had early money on boom three-year-old Moment Of Change, leading Victorian trainer Peter Moody decided this morning to spell the horse immediately and officially withdraw them from the Caulfield Guineas 2011 field and betting.
Barley A Moment gelding Moment Of Change goes to the paddock undefeated having won both their starts with effortless ease, which had them well-backed in the Luxbet futures for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8.
After an incredible 10 length Murtoa maiden winner, Moment Of Change most recently ran and won a 1300 metre handicap at Sandown on Wednesday September 14.
They were set to back up at Moonee Valley this Friday night having been nominated for the $200,000 Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m).
After working below par this morning, however, Moody felt that Moment of Change in its first preparation showed signs of a horse that had had enough and chose to spell them in preparation for their autumn return.
Moody had always made it clear he felt the Caulfield Guineas 2011 may have been a bit rushed for Moment Of Change despite the hype surrounding the horse.
Having taken out the three-year-olds’ classic last spring carnival with Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva, Moody now has just two horses in contention to hand him back-to-back victories.
Golden Archer, who was beaten 12 lengths when ninth to Helmet last Saturday in the Guineas Prelude, and More Than Ready colt Huegill are Moody’s remaining Caulfield Guineas hopes but he has kept guarded over the chances of accepting either into the final field.
Moment Of Change’s withdrawal has had an obvious affect on the Caulfield Guineas odds at Luxbet as they were the $6 third favourite behind Helmet and Smart Missile.
Caulfield Guineas 2011 Betting Update after Moment Of Change Withdrawal:
- Peter Snowden’s race favourite Helmet has had their Caulfield Guineas price cut from $3.40 into $3.10
- The Anthony Cummings-trained Smart Missile has also firmed in from $3.80 to $3.50
- Golden Rose winner Manawanui is now the $6 third favourite
- Chase The Rainbow remains at $11, Caulfield Guineas odds unaffected
There are now just 16 horses making up the 2011 Bill Stutt Stakes nominations for this Friday night, the pick of the pack with Moment Of Change withdrawn now looking to be Chase The Rainbow.
Rick Hore-Lacy’s promising colt is a dual winner form four starts and comes off a last-start second beaten a mere nose by Specter in a Listed 1400 metre race at Flemington on September 3.
Chase The Rainbow is currently rated $11 in the Caulfield Guineas odds at Luxbet and Hore-Lacy believes they will be competitive this Friday after being scratched from last Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas Prelude due to the track conditions.
“He’s a very promising horse,” Hore-Lacy said.
“If you look at his run at Flemington he just motored past some good horses and there aren’t many who can run sections like that.
“I scratched him last weekend because he’s won two races on the Geelong synthetic and I didn’t want to risk him on a good (2) which was like concrete.
“The mile at Moonee Valley will suit him.”
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