Peter Moody-trained gelding Moment Of Change thrived in his return to his home track at Caulfield today to win the Group 1 2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m)
The son of Barely A Moment had to work hard early to overcome a wide barrier but managed to assume a position at the front of the field.
That is where he stayed for the entire trip as he lifted in the straight to kick clear of his rivals and finish a length in front of We’re Gonna Rock and Solzhenitsyn.
Jockey Luke Nolen praised the horse’s ability to put in at both ends and suggested a positive ride was the way to get the best results out of the gelding.
“He had to do it all, top and tail. He ran a very good time,” Nolen said.
“He was resting comfortably on the bridle and he wasn’t overly doing it. I think that’s his style.”
Trainer Peter Moody was happy that a Group 1 win had finally come for a horse he has always believed had plenty of ability.
“It’s no secret I hold him in very high regard. He’s just been dogged by a bit of bad luck,” Moody said.
“His record could’ve been a bit better but it was nice to see him get that Group 1 out of the way today.
“It’s been frustrating. It was a big effort to come from the outside there today.”
Moment Of Change has now won five of nine starts and will head towards the Group 1 2012 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on October 13.
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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2012 – Results
|1||9||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||–||15||52kg (cd 52.5kg)||$4.40F|
|2||3||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||1.5L||9||55.5kg||$7.50|
|3||6||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Corey Brown||2.75L||2||53kg||$6|
|4||1||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||3.5L||1||58kg||$31|
|5||5||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Anthony Freedman||Craig Newitt||3.6L||3||53kg||$13|
|6||13||INSTINCTION||Mick Price||Daniel Moor||5.1L||6||52kg||$41|
|7||2||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||6.1L||10||57.5kg||$9|
|8||11||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Vlad Duric||6.6L||4||52kg (cd 52.5kg)||$21|
|9||12||THAT’S THE ONE||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Craig Williams||7.35L||7||52kg||$10|
|10||15||BOMBALATOMBA (NZ)||Chris Hyland||Dean Holland||7.45L||13||52kg||$101|
|11||10||MR MAKE BELIEVE||Peter G Moody||Jason Benbow||7.55L||8||52kg||$26|
|12||4||SECOND EFFORT||Clinton McDonald||Ben Melham||7.65L||14||54.5kg||$26|
|13||7||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Michael Walker||8.4L||5||52.5kg||$17|
|14||14||MISTER MILTON||Norman Waymouth||Steven King||10.4L||12||52kg (cd 52.5kg)||$41|
|15||8||SHANGHAI WARRIOR||Pat Hyland||Glen Boss||11.15L||11||52kg||$11|