Peter Moody’s former spruik youngster Moment Of Change will look to break a year long drought when they lead out a field of 10 hopefuls in the 2013 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday.
Comparisons to some of the racing greats were made early in the career of the Barley A Moment gelding after Moment Of Change won their Murtoa debut by 10 lengths in August 2011 before backing up with another easy win at Sandown soon after.
They were competitive again during their first major carnival in Sydney’s autumn last year but didn’t bag a black type until August when winning the Listed Show County Quality (1200m) at Warwick Farm 12 months ago.
From there they were a close third in the Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m) and then they hit the big time with their impressive Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) success at Caulfield last September when overcoming barrier 15 of 15 to beat We’re Gonna Rock by 1.5 lengths.
That however was Moment Of Change’s last time in the winner’s stall.
They had four starts during the autumn – winter season this year, and while they failed to post a victory, they lost few admirers.
After a second to their since-retired superstar stablemate Black Caviar in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) in February they went down a mere nose to Shamexpress in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March.
Moment Of Change was then a shock last to Pierro in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill but bounced back in Adelaide last start on May 11 when 1.2 lengths off Platelet finishing fifth in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).
Now they race first-up in the $175,000 Group 2 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) on the weekend wearing the No. 1 saddlecloth.
They will also jump from barrier number one with Luke Nolen booked for the ride.
Among their most notable rivals is the horse that beat them last start, The Goodwood winner Platelet.
Also drawn to perfection with barrier three, Darren Weir’s smart Strategic mare also races for the first time since The Goodwood which was her second Group 1 win on the trot following her Robert Sangster Stakes success.
She was also competitive in the McEwen Stakes last year when second just half a length off Bel Sprinter, an effort Price will hoping she can go one better than this weekend.
Snitzem is also back for another shot at the McEwen having run third last year, Leon Corsten’s Snitzel stallion not having raced since an eighth to Buffering in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield last October.
The now five-year-old did pull out all the stops with an impressive Cranbourne trial win on September 9 and will be ridden by Glen Boss from gate two.
Other big name hopes for the McEwen Stakes include the Ricky Maund-trained General Truce, Peter Snowden’s Exceed And Excel colt Kuroshio and the in-form Glamour Planet coming off a win at Geelong from mid-August.
The full McEwen Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights are listed below with the markets to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2013 McEwen Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 5 – 2:50pm (AEST) – 14/09/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x131x2205x||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1||58.5kg||108|
|2||0x631196x4||GENERAL TRUCE||Ricky Maund||Nicholas Hall||8||58.5kg||105|
|3||10361x070x||FREERETURN||Jason Warren||Nash Rawiller||4||58.5kg||97|
|4||x1136x318x||SNITZEM||Leon Corstens||Glen Boss||2||58.5kg||94|
|5||51x718x447||SHAFEEQ||Desleigh Forster||Craig Williams||7||58.5kg||84|
|6||134×464140||RUN DIEGO||Allan Peterson||–||10||58.5kg||79|
|7||x369x81101||GLAMOUR PLANET (NZ)||Dean Howard||Noel Callow||5||58.5kg||64|
|8||1325x3211x||PLATELET||Darren Weir||Ben Melham||3||56.5kg||110|
|9||4787x2145x||UMGETON||Brendon Hearps||Vlad Duric||6||56.5kg||82|
|10||13x2160x7||KUROSHIO||Peter Snowden||Craig Newitt||9||52kg||82|