Peter Moody’s boom three-year-old Moment Of Change has the chance to earn a Doncaster Mile Handicap bid next month when they take on the season’s top three-year-olds in the Randwick Guineas 2012 this Saturday.
Barley A Moment gelding Moment Of Change, purchased for $50,000 at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale, hit the headlines last year drawing comparisons to some of the greats that have gone before when they put 10 lengths on their rivals in their maiden run at Murtoa.
They backed up with an equally impressive four length win over 1300-metres at Sandown next start before being turned out for a break.
Moody bought the spruik three-year-old back on February 18 at Warwick Farm where they suffered their first loss running two lengths away third behind Hot Snitzel and Manawanui in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m).
They were third again last start this time finishing a little closer when one and a half lengths off Wild And Proud and Manawanui, who crossed two-one but had their positions reversed upon protest, in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill.
On Saturday they will again face off against Ron Leemon’s Golden Rose champ Manawanui, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wild And Proud and plenty of other talented youngsters including Australian Guineas winner Mosheen in the $500,000 Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m).
With the Hobartville run on a Heavy (9) track, Moody has his fingers crossed that the rain stays away in Sydney and the Randwick Guineas is run on firm ground to give Moment Of Change the best chance of turning the tables on this field.
“I’m just looking for a dry track form him and I think we’ll see the best of this horse,” Moody said.
“He’s been close-up behind the likes of Manawanui in both runs and if the track’s OK, he can take up a position in the top four or five from his barrier and we’ll see what he can do.”
Moment Of Change drew nicely in barrier four and will be ridden by Luke Nolen for the first time in the Guineas.
“Luke’s done plenty of work on the horse at home and knows him well and should ride him well,” Moody said.
The Randwick Guineas also be their first look at the mile which will help guide Moody as to whether Moment Of Change possess the middle-distance skill to tackle the upcoming $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) run at Randwick on April 21.
In the latest 2012 Doncaster Mile odds at our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au Moment Of Change is rated a $41 chance in markets led by Mark Kavanagh’s Thousand Guineas winner Atlantic Jewel and Randwick Guineas favourite Manawanui at $6.50 each.
For Saturday’s Randwick Guineas Moment Of Change pays a generous $14 through bookmaker.com.au, Manawanui the easing $3.10 top elect.