One of the four Group 1 races on a crack Victoria Derby Day line-up this Saturday is the 2011 Myer Classic where Gai Waterhouse’s five-time elite level winning mare More Joyous is expected to start the short-priced favourite, but jockey of the moment Craig Williams is hoping to deny the top elect having been booked to ride Mosheen in the Melbourne Cup Carnival classic.
Williams just enjoyed one of the best weeks of any Aussie hoop in history having won the Caulfield Cup with Southern Speed, the Geelong Cup with Melbourne Cup fancy Dunaden and the Cox Plate with Pinker Pinker all in the space of seven days.
There is now a very real chance he could become the first jockey in history to take out the Melbourne Spring Carnival Triple Crown in the same season as he prepares to re-partner with the French-trained Dunaden in the 2011 Melbourne Cup Tuesday week.
Dunaden currently sits second in the Luxbet markets for the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) paying $7 to upset the fellow French-trained Americain ($4) who is out for successive wins in the Flemington feature.
But the in-form rider has more immediate goals to focus on, including his trio of Group 1 rides at Flemington on Saturday.
Following Wednesday’s ride aboard defending champ Dream Pedlar in the Bendigo Cup, Williams heads to Derby Day with rides in three of the day’s elite levels.
Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed returns for the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) where she will face off against a field full of Melbourne Cup hopes seeking the ballot exemption into the world’s richest handicap, and Williams will again be on her back.
He is also booked to ride the Anthony Freedman-trained Masthead as they take on superstar colt Sepoy in the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and then the talented Robert Smerdon-trained filly Mosheen as she faces off against older company in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
One of two three-year-old fillies along with Patinack Farm’s Pane In the Glass among the 23 Myer Classic 2011 nominations taken on Monday, Mosheen will carry just 49kg under the standard weight-for-age conditions of the Derby Day race, Williams currently fasting to get to the weight.
Williams snared the ride on Mosheen after her regular rider Danny Nikolic, aboard for all seven of her starts to date, could not get down to the 49kg.
The Myer Classic field this year will be brimming with talent, entries lead by champion mare More Joyous fresh off a win in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day.
Other notable Myer Classic hopefuls include Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer coming off a fifth in the Cox Plate and reigning champion Sacred Choice.
With her weight, form and the right jockey aboard Mosheen has every chance of upsetting her older rivals.
She has form over the track and distance having won the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes two starts back and was far from disgraced last start when she held on to finish second to Mark Kavanagh’s undefeated filly Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12.
The Myer Classic final field will be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au so bookmark this site.
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