Moody to Saddle 3 in Tab Rewards Stakes Final Field

A total of 10 horses have been confirmed to line up at the starting gates for the 2014 Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday, including Mouro.

Mouro is aiming for first-up success in the TAB Rewards Stakes on Saturday

Mouro is aiming for first-up success in the TAB Rewards Stakes on Saturday . Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Despite a less-than successful maiden tilt at Group 1 level in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) in October, Mouro ended his last preparation with two consecutive wins in the Plumbtec Sale Cup (1600m) and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) on November 16th.

Trainer Tony McEvoy has been pleased with the way the Grand Slam entire has taken to work in 2014, and is confident of success first-up having drawn barrier 1.

Also confirmed in the final field for the 2014 TAB Rewards Stakes is Peter Moody-trained Fat Al (barrier 2).

Fat Al has amassed six wins from 16 starts since debuting on track in May of 2011, undoubtedly peaking when beating Ambidexter and Rolling Pin to the line in the 2012 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Having transferred from the care of Gai Waterhouse to Peter Moody prior to his 2013 spring campaign, the Al Maher gelding was unable to make an impact in only two races and was returned to the spelling paddock at the beginning of November.

Peter Moody is set to dominate the running of the 2014 TAB Rewards Stakes, having also accepted places for Strawberry Boy (barrier 6) and High Esteem.

In a short 2013 autumn campaign, Strawberry Boy managed two wins from as many starts including the Chase Hotel Handicap (1600m) ahead of classy miler Bit Of Hell.

Moody has a high opinion of the talented Redoute’s Choice gelding and has included his name in nominations for both the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

High Esteem will return to the track for the first time in 2014 in the TAB Rewards Stakes and is offered a brilliant chance to get his preparation off to the best possible start, having drawn the ideal barrier 4.

Despite closing his last campaign 11th in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) High Esteem recorded some strong results over quality opposition over the 2013 spring and reportedly spelled well over the summer.

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2014 TAB Rewards Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 6212x2011x MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy Craig Williams 1 58.5kg 107
2 100x00x80x FAT AL Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 56kg 102
3 1182x3205x DANY THE FOX (NZ) Mick Price Glen Boss 7 55kg 100
4 33x11x302x STRAWBERRY BOY Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 6 55kg 100
5 30x051340x MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 8 54.5kg 99
6 71426540×0 UNDER THE EIFFEL Tony Vasil Corey Brown 10 54.5kg 99
7 x13131110x FLYING HUSSLER Stephen Theodore Craig Newitt 5 54kg 95
8 0111x6220x HIGH ESTEEM Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 4 54kg 94
9 23354213×6 BEL THOR Wez Hunter Chris Symons 9 54kg 91
10 13111×5122 OUR HAND OF FAITH Darren Weir Damian Lane 3 54kg 86

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