Trainer Mike Moroney is confident that African Pulse can surprise his competitors with a big performance in the 2012 Oakleigh Platethis Saturday February 25, 2012.
African Pulse has won three of his four race starts and earned more than $135,000 during his short horse racing career.
The Johannesburg colt turned heads when he outsprinted red hot favourite Karuta Queen to win the $100,000 Schweppes Tonic 1000 Handicap on Melbourne Cup Day.
“Just the way he did that I thought was very impressive,” Moroney said.
“When he got alongside Karuta Queen that day he really pulled it out.”
The three-year-old colt won his last start in the $70,000 Bennison Mackinnon R/E Handicap at Caulfield on January 26, 2012, and will be stepping up to Group level for the first time in his career.
Moroney chose the 2012 Oakleigh Plate as African Pulse’s first-up test instead of last weekend’s Lightning Stakes against Black Caviar.
“It was hard to see that he was going to get anywhere near her,” Moroney said.
“He’s only a young sprinter and we thought it was just going to be a real heart-wrenching race if we ran him so we decided to take this easier option where he is far better weighted.”
Despite his tough opposition, which includes Sepoy and Bel Sprinter, Moroney believes African Pulse is in with a winning chance in the 2012 Oakleigh Plate.
“He’s a very good chance,” Moroney said.
“He will go out in the first half dozen and we just hope he can get a clear run at them.
“He is a horse who really loves a fight.”
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