Former Sydney jockey turned trainer Kevin Moses is ready to get in the festive spirit this Saturday confident about the chances of his galloper All Legal in Rosehill’s 2012 Festival Stakes.
The six-year-old Al Maher gelding is one of a capacity field of gallopers engaged for this year’s edition of the $100,000 Listed Festival Stakes (1500m), the handicap feature set to run as Rosehill Race 6 at 4:30pm (AEST).
One of the longer priced roughies in the Festival Stakes betting odds, All Legal has drawn ideally with barrier six and will be ridden on a manageable 55kg by top hoop Glyn Schofield.
While the draw and the jockey are spot on All Legal’s most recent run left a little to be desired when they finished sixth to fellow Festival Stakes rival Classics in a 1400m handicap at the track on November 24.
Before that however they enjoyed their first win since January last year when they beat home Triple Elegance, also in the Festival Stakes field on Saturday, by half a length to win the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1300m) at Hawkesbury.
“That was a good day for the stable, we had a winning double and we have won a couple of races around the provincials, but it would be good if (All Legal) could win in town,” Moses said.
“We have had a good month and we’re hoping it can continue.”
Moses is willing to forgive their last run when All Legal had a wide barrier 10 of 12 draw and is confident they can improve and be competitive as they face the likes of $6 co-favourites Cabernet and Galah on the weekend.
“He drew a bit wide last time but this time he drawn well to get the right run and not do too much work,” Moses said.
“He ran the fastest last 200m section the other day, so we know he can get home as well as anything.
”They should be kept running on Saturday and that will suit him.”
Having won five of their 31 starts to date Moses hopes this will be the race where All Legal can add some more black type to their record, the trainer taking confidence from runs like their 11th to superstar More Joyous in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile back in April when beaten on four lengths.
“He has won his (share of) races and he was only four lengths from More Joyous in the Doncaster this year,” he said.
“He is honest and keeps everyone happy, and is a bit of a stable favourite because of it.
“I think he is up to the better class but he is one of those horses that needs things to go his way.”
Moses said that the Festival Stakes was always on the agenda for All Legal this Sydney Summer Racing Carnival as a lead-up to the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on December 22.
“We have targeted the Villiers this time in and he has done the right things at his three races to be confident he will be a chance in a race like that,” he said.
Schofield, aboard for the horse’s two most recent runs, is also confident that if things go their way in the Festival All Legal is a live-wire chance.
“I chased the ride,” Schofield said.
“He is the right sort of horse in these races at this time of year and I thought he was ready to win.
“I would be even more confident if it was a mile on Saturday but I think the 1500m at Rosehill should suit him.
“They are a very even bunch of horses and getting the right run will be important.”
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