The excited connections and local Brisbane trainer Steven O’Dea are already planning for a return to Eagle Farm in 12 months’ time for a shot at the Stradbroke Handicap 2015 after the impressive Daybreak Lover win of Sir Momentstoday.
The classy Choisir three-year-old made it back-to-back wins at the track in just seven days having handled a short turnaround to take out the $125,000 Listed Best Security Daybreak Lover (1600m).
Sir Moments caught the eye last Saturday getting held up and caught in traffic before putting in a big late burst to narrowly beat home Liberty’s Choice in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m).
They did it from the back again today after giving the field a big lead before picking them up to win running away.
After their Queensland Guineas triumph O’Dea and owners considered paying a late entry to get them into the mix for the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) field today.
Eventually the decision was to stick with the original target and race in the Daybreak Lover giving the horse more time to mature physically and constitutionally before stepping them up to that class.
It proved the winning move, although the ease of their stakes win had some of the owners wondering if they should have tested them in the Group 1.
Still there was definitely no complaining with the big job Sir Moments did that had jockey Timothy Bell signing the horse praises.
“I’ve only got one word for the horse and that’s wow,” Bell said.
Last out of the barriers the favourite was forced right back and had to settle last in the 11-horse Daybreak Lover field.
Best out was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Longma who took up front running after working from their extreme outside barrier with Liberty’s Choice, Rough Copy and Wordplay also away well and challenging for the lead.
Along the back straight Sir Moments gave a few of the favourite backers a rough time sitting eight – ten lengths off the leaders.
Once they straightened up though their getting to the front was never really in doubt, the youngster pulling out a scintillating turn of foot to run them down up the middle and win by half a length over the Gai Waterhouse-trained Longma ($7) who held on for second.
Waterhouse’s other runner Liberty’s Choice ($3.90) was then in a photo for third but awarded another minor placing to their good Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival record.
“I didn’t give him the best of rides,” Bell said speaking about Sir Moments missing the kick.
“I never really had anything to take him into it.
“But as soon as I hit the button on him it was all over red rover.”
A very good horse, Sir Moments enjoyed a very good win today and will now be sent to the paddock for a freshen up, Bell confident they will come back bigger and stronger and ready to win something better next campaign.
“Next preparation this horse is going to be something special,” he said.
“He’s going to run all day and continue to improve.
“Look at the turn of foot he’s got, wow.”
Early plans from O’Dea are to bring them back for a shot at the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1500m) in Sydney in mid-December giving them a nice long break.
However seeing their class on show on Stradbroke Handicap Day, O’Dea is now wondering whether they might bring them back earlier for a shot at some better spring races during the carnivals.
“Look one thing about this horse is he’s got a really good turn of foot,” O’Dea said.
“You could probably train him for anything…he’ll definitely get over a trip.
“If you give him a sprinters’ preparation he’ll sprint and if you give him a stayers’ preparation he’ll stay.
“We’ll talk about it.”
Long term though a return for the Stradbroke Handicap next winter has all but been confirmed.
“That’s the plan,” O’Dea said.
“Hopefully next year we can be here again.”
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2014 Daybreak Lover Results & Finishing Order
Eagle Farm Race 3 – 07/06/2014
|1||1||SIR MOMENTS||Steven O’dea||Timothy Bell||–||8||57kg||$3.30F|
|2||4||LONGMA||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||0.5L||11||57kg||$7|
|3||2||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||2.3L||9||57kg||$4|
|4||3||HOPFGARTEN||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||2.5L||7||57kg||$13|
|5||6||ROUGH COPY (NZ)||Wayne Hillis||Glen Boss||3.5L||3||57kg||$5|
|6||5||OAK ’N’ ARTHUR||John Morrisey||Ryan Wiggins||4.3L||1||57kg||$61|
|7||11||MISS HUSSON||Bruce W Hill||Chris Munce||4.4L||2||55kg||$19|
|8||10||WORDPLAY||Anthony Cummings||Tye Angland||4.6L||10||55kg||$21|
|9||7||SMART HUSS||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||Damien Oliver||4.7L||6||57kg||$17|
|10||9||MR AHLBERONI||Bruce W Hill||Michael Cahill||7.5L||4||57kg||$91|
|11||8||ALL THINGS IN TIME||John P Thompson||Hugh Bowman||12.3L||5||57kg||$101|