Rather than be scared off by boom colt All Too Hard, Mr Moet trainer Adam Durrant is confident his charge heads into the Group 1 2013 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in excellent condition.
The Perth galloper will be making his east-coast debut in the $400,000 event in what will be his first hit-out since starring at the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
Durrant said the five-year-old could not have not have come through the trip to Melbourne any better and believes he is close to his best for the biggest test of his career on Saturday.
“We’ve been able to not break too much routine with him, he had a gallop on Tuesday and he’s ready to go,” Durrant told RSN.
“The good ones have all got that same variable in that they make it easy for the trainer.
“My gut feeling is he’s going as good if not better than he was before the Railway Stakes.”
The son of Mosayter was last seen on New Year’s Day running a bold second when carrying the topweight of 59kg in the Perth Cup.
A winner of 12 of 27 starts, Mr Moet won both the Group 1 Railway Stakes and the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes during his summer campaign and also finished second to Luckygray in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic.
Mr Moet is a $16 chance for his first Melbourne test, with All Too Hard the short-priced favourite at $2.30.
New Zealand veteran King Mufhasa will attempt to win his third Australian Group 1 and is strong betting chance at $4.20.
Others high up in the CF Orr Stakes market include Australia Stakes runner-up Pinwheel ($6), unbeaten gelding Callanish ($8) and last year’s Doomben Cup winner Mawingo ($12).
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