Paul Perry’s raw Hidden Dragon gelding Hidden Warrior may have proved a handful on the tight Moonee Valley circuit for jockey Nash Rawiller on Cox Plate Day but the three-year-old held on in a strong finish to take out the 2012 Red Anchor Stakes, registered this year as the Telstra PhoneWords Stakes.
Coming off a good second at Canterbury from the start of the month today Hidden Warrior made their Melbourne debut at Moonee Valley on the advice of Rawiller who thought he would be well suited to the track.
“Two runs ago at Newcastle we put it to Nash whether we should bring him here or to Flemington,” co-trainer Shannon Perry said after the win.
“It was his opinion then that this would be the right track….full credit to his imagination as he got it right.”
While the horse did handle the Melbourne way of going the Moonee Valley corners proved a bit troublesome for them, credit to Rawiller who was still able to steer them to victory in the $150,000 Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) win.
Away nicely from the barriers Rawiller allowed Hidden Warrior to charge hard early and take over the running at the front.
Race favourite Cavalry Rose was also away nicely and settled into second behind the eventual winner but failed to finish off in the scramble to the line failing to post successive victories after her Group 3 win on Caulfield Guineas Day.
With the speed easing off with about 600m to go Hidden Warrior was still the leader in the middle of the course with Haussmann lifting late out wide to challenge.
On the line the Red Anchor Stakes winner Hidden Warrior held on and had a half length to spare of the Peter Snowden-trained Haussmann who with an extra 40 or so metres to run would likely have won.
A further three quarters of a length away third was then the Anthony Freedman-trained up-and-coming Choisir colt Chosen Moment who made up lots of ground after missing the start by about one and a half lengths.
There is now a chance Hidden Dragon will continue onto the Melbourne Cup Carnival next Saturday on Victoria Derby Day and take on the season’s crack three-year-old sprinters in the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
“I hope so,” Perry responded when asked whether they would now go to the 2012 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
“He was better here (at Moonee Valley) on Tuesday.
“The straight thousand there (Flemington) should suit him fine.”
Rawiller also believes that down the straight six at Flemington the horse will be far more competitive and have an easier time than they did at the Valley with all its turns.
“He showed what he was made of today that’s the main thing,” Rawiller said.
“He makes the job hard, he’s just that sort of horse, such a raw talent.
“He’s a very nice horse.
“I think he’ll be better suited (to the Flemington straight).
“Ability carried him through (today).”
See below for the full 2012 Telstra PhoneWords Red Anchor Stakes results and finishing order.
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2012 Telstra PhoneWords Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Moonee Valley Race 4 – 27/10/2012
|1||2||HIDDEN WARRIOR||Paul Perry||Nash Rawiller||–||8||56kg||$8|
|2||4||HAUSSMANN||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||0.5L||7||56kg||$17|
|3||1||CHOSEN MOMENT||Anthony Freedman||Craig Williams||1.25L||3||56kg||$6|
|4||7||CAVALRY ROSE||Gerald Ryan||James McDonald||1.35L||5||55.5kg||$3.40F|
|5||5||STARS IN THE SKY||Leon Corstens||Damien Oliver||1.85L||2||56kg||$11|
|6||6||ESSAY RAIDER||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Ms Clare Lindop||2.05L||6||56kg||$3.70|
|7||3||MAURY||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||2.8L||4||56kg||$51|
|8||9||VICARIO||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||4.05L||1||54kg||$21|
|–||8||SATURN ROCK||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||–||0||–||–|