Leading Victorian horseman Peter Moody will use this Saturday’s Underwood Stakes as a preparatory spring run for his smart stayer Manighar leading up to the 2013 Caulfield Cup next month.
Moody, of Black Caviar fame, announced confirmed plans to target the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 19 with the Linamix grey this week after nominating them for one of the big ones at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend.
Seven-year-old Manighar is one 26 nominations for the $400,000 Group 1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m), the field for which is shaping up as one of the best in recent history.
Heading the entries is Mark Kavanagh’s undefeated Cox Plate favourite Atlantic Jewel who backs up just a week after her Stocks Stakes success at Moonee Valley.
But she’s far from the only jewel in the Underwood crown this year with other headliners in the all-star cast including Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune, last year’s Melbourne Cup hero Green Moon and early Caulfield Cup fancy Hawkspur – to name just a few.
The Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur, resuming winner of the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick on September 7, sits top of the Caulfield Cup odds at a current quote of $9.
Manighar meanwhile is well down the Caulfield Cup betting markets paying a juicy $61, a price that is sure to shorten if they pull out a good run in the Underwood, which Moody is a little skeptical about.
“He has come along nicely although second-up has always been his down run,” the trainer told the Herald Sun.
All going to plan Manighar will back up from the Underwood in the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 5 before racing in their third Caulfield Cup Moody confirmed after watching them run over 1400m in 1:47 at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.
“He’ll run in this, then the Turnbull Stakes and then the Caulfield Cup,” Moody said.
In 2010 they were fifth to Descarado and then a close fourth to Southern Speed 12 months later when still prepared in Europe by Luca Cumani.
By last spring they’d been transferred to Moody’s care but missed the carnival due to injury.
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