A third jockey change in as many runs this time in will see the Peter Moody-trained French import Lidari race in Saturday’s 2013 Epsom Handicap with Peter Robl aboard.
Moody’s Acclamation four-year-old gets into the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) this weekend at Royal Randwick on the 52kg minimum.
Their light weight allocation should bode well for the progressive stallion as they carried a hefty 59kg when finishing just a quarter length away third behind last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last start on September 14.
The light weight is also the reason Robl has been booked to replace Lidari’s Dato jockey Luke Nolen.
“I originally rang (Moody’s racing manager) to tell him I could ride 52 kilos if they were bringing something up for the Epsom,” Robl explained to AAP.
“I wasn’t locked into anything and normally a few of the Melbourne stables might bring up a lightweight chance, and it so happened that Lidari drew barrier 17 in the Rupert Clarke so they decided to scratch him and go to the Epsom.”
Speaking of last Saturday’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, Robl will be out to atone this weekend for his ride in that when guiding Fontelina to their short-half-head second behind Rebel Dane.
Prior to the Dato Lidari meanwhile enjoyed a first-up win over 1400m at Caulfield with Ben Melham aboard, their first win since being transferred from France to Moody’s Melbourne stables at the start of the year for connections OTI Racing.
Before the release of the official Epsom Handicap field on Wednesday, betting on the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival classic is led by the Guy Walter-trained duo of Toydini and Streama who come off wins in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) and the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) respectively.
Lidari meanwhile can be found further down the markets at a double figure quote of $21, Robl confident he’s on a nice horse in the star-studded field.
“He should be a good ride in the race,” Robl said of Lidari who had a nice Caulfield hitout this morning working over 1400m in 1:37.53 seconds.
Along with Lidari Moody will saddle-up two horses in Randwick’s other major on Saturday, the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
His best chance in the staying showdown is pre-field fourth favourite Ibicenco.
Winner of the Listed Slickpix Stakes (1700m) two back, the Shirocco stallion was last seen running a luckless eighth to Mr O’Ceirin, also set to back up in The Metropolitan 2013, in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on September 21.
He is also likely to run Doyen five-year-old Sneak A Peek, also in the top half of The Metropolitan betting after their brave fourth to one of Saturday’s top fancies Moriarty in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) last start.
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