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Fourth favourite for the Blue Diamond Stakes 2013 Thermal Current will not be given another lead-up run into the $1 million Group 1 clash on February 23 but trainer Peter Moody will still be represented in both editions of the BD Preludes at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday.
Promising Exceed And Excel colt Thermal Current is still a maiden but two impressive career starts have seen them jump up the bookmaker.com.au markets for the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes currently occupying the fourth line of betting at a quote of $8.
They ran a close second to Ms Funovits on debut at Flemington last month before their unlucky third to stablemate Dissident in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield on Australia Day having encountered plenty of traffic in that last run.
While this weekend will see two Group 3 Blue Diamond Preludes run, Moody has opted to bypass the colts & geldings edition with Thermal Current and take them straight into the Melbourne Festival of Racing classic at the end of the month without another run.
“I’m not going to start Thermal Current. I’ll sweat on him getting into the field without another run,” Moody said on Wednesday.
“He’s had two runs now and I don’t think he needs another on the back of his work here yesterday.”
It is a big risk from Moody not to run Thermal Current again and try to boost them up the Blue Diamond Stakes order of entry.
They currently sit number 13 on the prize money ballot but with likely late entries to be made before the final cutoff on February 18 from the dominant favourite Miracles Of Life and a few others there’s a chance Thermal Current will be pushed outside the starting numbers.
The ace Victorian horseman will still be represented in Saturday’s $150,000 BD Prelude (C&G) however with his Preview winner Dissident getting a shot at another win before their big assignment.
After beating a similar field on debut back on January 26 the Sebring colt entered Blue Diamond calculations and currently pays a generous $17 in the futures markets and Moody is expecting improvement from them in the Prelude.
“He has done well since the Preview and hopefully that experience will have him racing a bit more truly on Saturday,” he said.
Moody will also have a runner in the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview this weekend accepting for his Hard Spun filly Quest For Peace.
She debuted at Flemington in early October last spring and finished a credible fourth to the Peter Snowden-trained Kuroshio, who runs in the colts and geldings Prelude this weekend, in the Listed Herald Sun Superracing Stakes (1000m) and races for the first time since here.
Moody is hoping to see her come on well this season but thinks the 1100m might be too sharp for her naming the $500,000 Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 13 as a nice later autumn assignment for her.
“She’s a nice filly but I think she might need it a little bit longer than what she has to run over on Saturday but I just want to see her hit the line strongly,” he said.
“She has developed nicely since the spring but at this point in time I’m thinking she could be more of a Sires’ (Produce Stakes) horse.
“Things can change but at the moment I’m thinking my Diamond runners will be Thermal Current and Dissident.”
Having had just the one unplaced run last year Quest For Peace is currently installed as a $101 roughie in the Blue Diamond Stakes odds, a price that will come in dramatically if she can upset the likes of Guelph and Montsegur in Saturday’s race.
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