Trainer Peter Moody and connections at OTI Racing will be sweating on the decision from Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter on what Melbourne Cup penalty, if any, he hands down to today’s Geelong Cup 2013 winner Ibicenco.
The dour stayer worked for their win in this year’s $300,000 Geelong Cup (2400m) run on an unsuitably Heavy (9) track, Moody hoping they did enough to impress Carpenter and earn an extra impost to their current 52kg for the first Tuesday of November.
“He’s done a good job,” Moody said post-win.
“I think the horse certainly goes better on top of the ground so it was encouraging to see him do so well today.
“He’s a genuine two miler plus this hors so let’s hope Mr Carpenter was impressed enough under unsuitable conditions to penalise them.”
Five-year-old Shirocco stallion Ibicenco is currently 42nd on the Melbourne Cup order of entry for the $6.2 million two mile classic.
They need to earn at least a kilo, maybe more, to keep their dream of running in the world’s richest handicap alive this year.
Ibicenco is already proven over the Melbourne Cup distance having won the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) last November.
Today’s Geelong Cup effort then proved they had the fitness, a much improved effort on their luckless 12th to Seville in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney last start where they found themselves too far back.
“The only blemish [on his record this time in] was the unfortunate effort in The Metropolitan…had to forget that and his other form’s been superb,” Moody said.
Now it’s just down to the penalty and Melbourne Cup ballot, Moody confirming he would not do anything more to try and get them into the capacity 24-starter field ruling them out of a run next Saturday in the $300,000 Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Victoria Derby Day.
“He wouldn’t run again,” the trainer said.
“I think he’s done his job. He’s won two stakes races this time round and I’m sure that’ll be sufficient to get him into the race.
“This race has been a tremendous Melbourne Cup guide for the past decade…let’s hope it continues.”
Today Ibicenco was ridden by Brad Rawiller who did early work on them out wide to move around the field eventually setting third on the back of the straight behind the Robert Smerdon-trained pacesetter Verdant.
Verdant was let out and rolled along out front leading from Goldoni and Ibicenco with race favourite Forgotten Voice getting a dream run fourth on the outside.
As they headed closer to the turn the back runners started to make their move, including Moudre who had been travelling in sixth spot and Forgotten Voice both coming out wide around the turn.
Verdant however kicked away, while Nicky Henderson’s international raider Forgotten Voice was flat footed on the straight missing their opportunity.
It turned into a two-horse race between a brave Verdant who kept going out front with Ibicenco chasing.
Eventually it was Moody’s horse who got home and won the Geelong Cup in a driving finish by a head from Singspiel six-year-old Verdant who was worn down in the end by the winner.
Ciaron Maher’s known mudlark Moudre then snared third, passing the ballot for the Melbourne Cup, just ahead of the consistent Crafty Cruiser while the Melbourne Cup dream ended for Forgotten Voice who didn’t come on when it counted.
Winning Geelong Cup jockey Rawiller was thrilled with the chance to ride Ibicenco today, and with the horse’s performance.
“Just a massive thanks to OTI they’ve been a great support over the past 12 months,” he said.
“And to Moody, I don’t get a lot of rides for him but when I do get the ride for him they’re a top chance in a good race.
“We wanted to be in the running [today] and certainly once we got down the hill I was happy to put some pressure on Verdant.
“He [Ibicenco] kept finding and…dropped it when the race was over thankfully.”
As for whether he’ll get a chance in the Melbourne Cup with them, it looks very unlikely even if the horse were to make the field with Rawiller weighing in at 56.5kg today.
“Hopefully a penalty of three of four kilos so I can ride him,” the hoop half-joked.
“We’ll just let the dust settle and see what penalty he gets.”
A Geelong Cup penalty however still will not assure Ibicenco a start in the Melbourne Cup.
Last year’s winner Gatewood was allocated a one kilogram penalty and still missed out on a run in the ‘race that stops a nation’.
Moody also has My Quest For Peace and Sneak A Peek heading towards he Melbourne Cup sitting 35th and 43rd in the order of entry.
Sneak A Peek will run this Saturday in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) to try and improve their position while My Quest For Peace will go for the guaranteed Melbourne Cup start awarded to Saturday week’s Lexus Stakes winner.
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2013 Geelong Cup Results & Finishing Order
Geelong Race 7 – 23/10/2013
|1||3||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||–||7||56.5kg||$5.50|
|2||8||VERDANT (GB)||Robert Smerdon||Ben Melham||0.3L||9||54.5kg||$8|
|3||4||MOUDRE||Ciaron Maher||Craig Williams||4.55L||1||56.5kg||$6.50|
|4||7||CRAFTY CRUISER||Bryce Stanaway||Michael Walker||4.65L||2||54.5kg||$9|
|5||2||FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE)||Nicky Henderson||Brett Prebble||5.4L||5||58kg||$3.50F|
|6||10||WARWARICK||David Hayes||Kerrin McEvoy||5.6L||3||54.5kg||$31|
|7||5||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Pat Carey||Mark Zahra||6.85L||4||56kg||$21|
|8||6||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||8.1L||8||54.5kg||$6.50|
|9||9||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||28.1L||6||54.5kg||$14|
|–||1||TANBY||Robert Hickmott||Steven Arnold||–||0||–||–|