They won Perth’s richest race as a $20 roughie last start and now the Adam Durrant-trained Mr Moet will be saddled up as a double figure outsider in another WA Group 1 – the 2012 Kingston Town Classic.
Mosayter five-year-old Mr Moet was on fire during the winter winning successive races at Belmont Park, including the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) where they carried 59kg to victory.
Resuming off a four and a half month break the gelding went straight into Group 1 company for the $1 million Railway Stakes over the Ascot mile where they were allocated just 53.5kg.
Despite their nice first-up record, the light-weight and their winter form the bookies sent them out at 20-1, a price that paid very nicely for the punters that tipped the Railway winner as Mr Moet was able to get the better of the favourite Luckygray by three quarters of a length.
Saturday sees them shoot for another Group 1 win when Mr Moet faces a similar field of rivals in the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
With winning form up to 2200m the 1800m of the Kingston Town presents no issues for Mr Moet while some of their rivals look a bit sus over the distance.
Despite having won the Railway last time out Mr Moet is only rated a $12 chance in the latest Kingston Town Classic odds which are led by the horse they beat home last start, Luckygray ($2.50).
It is true that Mr Moet’s second-up record isn’t quite as flash as their record when resuming, and there is the weight – they go up from 53.5kg to 59kg on Saturday under the weight-for-age conditions of the Kingston Town.
They also have the rails draw with barrier one which could see them get into some trouble.
Durrant however remains confident Mr Moet will surprise again and will instruct jockey Daniel Staeck, retaining the ride after their winning effort last time out, to get further back on Saturday after they came from fifth to first in the Railway.
“It’s the shortest way home, that’s for sure,” Durrant said of their inside alley.
“He’ll be ridden a little bit quieter and probably come with a rush down the outside this time, rather than them coming down the outside and trying to run him down.
“He’s come on in his work.”
If successful Mr Moet will join an elite list of horses to have completed the Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic double in a single season including Sniper’s Bullet (2009), Modem (2004), Old Comrade (2001), Island Morn (1994) and Better Loosen Up (1989).
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