2013 Winterbottom Stakes Target for Moment Of Change

Melbourne’s Peter Moody has withdrawn his consistent sprinter Moment Of Change from Perth’s Railway Stakes and will instead take the galloper over for a shot at the Winterbottom Stakes 2013.

Moment Of Change

Moment Of Change (inside) is out to break their Group 1 maiden in the Winterbottom Stakes 2013. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

Barley A Moment five-year-old Moment Of Change was originally a dual nominee for both the big Perth Summer Racing Carnival Group 1 features at the end of the month.

They have since officially been taken out of the entries for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 23 with Moody keen to target the shorter distanced $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at the same meeting instead.

There are still 41 entries in the mix for this year’s Winterbottom Stakes field, the early favourite of which is the Rob Heathcote-trained Buffering.

The Queenslander pays $2.80 in the latest Winterbottom Stakes odds having won their past two starts at elite level completing the Manikato Stakes – VRC Sprint Classic double in Melbourne.

Another Winterbottom hope from outside of Perth, Moment Of Change is also at single-figures.

There are a total of six runners under $10 in the markets, Moment Of change paying $6 after their third in the VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington last Saturday.

Before that they were also far from disgraced when fourth to Buffering in the Manikato at Moonee Valley that time defeated just over half a length.

Moody is keen to take on Heathcote’s hero again over in Perth hoping to get the better run and turn the tables for round three.

Slade Bloodstock’s Rob Slade said they were always keen to target the Winterbottom with Moment Of Change so long as they pulled up well from the VRC Sprint, formerly the Patinack Farm Classic, which they have.

“Pete (Moody) sent an email around this morning saying the horse had come through it in excellent fashion,” Slade told Racing Victoria on Monday.

“He ran well as he always does (last weekend), we hope we can crack it (the Group 1) in Perth.

“Pete has nominated him for both the Winterbottom and Railway, but the Winterbottom is the preferred race.”

Slade is also confident that the long straight at Ascot, similar to that of the famous ‘straight six’ at Flemington, should work to their horse’s advantage in the Winterbottom.

“Ascot should suit him around a bend and a big long straight will suit. He should be able to lay back a bit then balance up and give himself a shot,” he said.

“You can’t take anything away from the winner (Buffering in the VRC Sprint Classic), but the Winterbottom gives us another chance.”

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