Connections of classy Red Ransom filly Fuddle Dee Duddle have secured the services of star Singapore-based jockey Joao Moreira to ride the up-and-coming youngster when she takes on a crack field of older rivals in the 2012 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot on Saturday December 8.
Lindsey Smith’s three-year-old scored her fourth career victory two starts back when she raced over the mile for the first time to take out the Group 3 Champion Stakes against a field of fellow three-year-old fillies.
She stuck to her own age group next up last Saturday but faced off against the colts and geldings when running a luckless fourth from a wide barrier (12 of 16) when beaten only 1.5 lengths in the Group 2 WA Guineas over the 1600m at Ascot.
Now she will prepare for her biggest test to date with the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) Saturday week, her rivals to include the likes of Mr Moet and Luckygray who ran one-two in the Railway Stakes last weekend, and dual defending Kingstown Town Classic winner Playing God.
“I think this can be Fuddle Dee Duddle’s best year,” managing owner Eddie Rigg said after the WA Guineas performance.
“She is really racing at her top and she pulled up with a low heart rate following her run.
“She is a small filly … I’d say there is a good chance she will be retired at stud this time next year.”
For her two most recent runs Fuddle Dee Duddle has been ridden by Paul Harvey who will be replaced by Brazilian-born Moreira, the rider deal made by the filly’s fellow part-owner Kim Loxton who Moreira rides for at Kranji on a regular basis, in the Kingston Town.
Harvey was only taken off the filly as he will be unable to get down to the 50kg Fuddle Dee Duddle will carry in the race which is run under weight-for-age conditions.
The booking of Moreira should certainly work in the filly’s favour too as the jockey is currently leading a 129-win lead in the Singapore premiership with 200 winners in total as he vies for his third straight premiership success.
Moreira is also no stranger to the Perth racing scene having ridden Naku Penda to win the Perth Racing International Kailis Jockey Challenge back in 2010, Australia one of 10 countries he boasts victories as a jockey in.
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