Boasting an outstanding record over the 1400m at Caulfield Racecourse, Moment Of Change could get the chance to win again at the track and distance first-up in the Memsie Stake 2014 this spring.
Trainer Peter Moody is seriously considering the Barley A Moment gelding for a resuming run straight into elite level company with the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s opening Group 1 shaping up as a nice target.
Held on August 30 this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) is already looking like a red hot race with a number of Cox Plate Melbourne Cup hopes set to kick off their campaigns in the weight-for-age clash.
“There’s every chance I’ll run him in the Memsie Stakes first up,” Moody told Racing Victoria this week.
“I don’t know if I want to want to give him a lead up run, he might just have a couple of jumpouts.”
If accepted, rising six-year-old Moment Of Change will be shooting for their fourth elite level win.
They haven’t raced since finishing third last (12th) behind Horse of the Year hopeful Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington back on March 8, a race they were a nose away second behind Shamexpress in the previous year.
Before that however they enjoyed a stellar spring, summer and autumn that included a quartet of top three finishes in Group 1 company.
Winner of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in September of 2012, Moment Of Change enjoyed another two Group 1 victories in February this year completing the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double over the 1400m at Caulfield.
They’ve been back in work at their pet locale for nearly two months now, Moody pleased with their condition.
“He’s done about seven weeks work and he seems in good shape,” he said.
Other notable gallopers eyeing a run in the Memsie Stakes 2014 next month include Sir John Monash Stakes winner Lord Of The Sky, Cox Plate-bound Jet Away, Darren Weir’s Puissance De Lune, Australian Derby winner Criterion and Jamie Edwards’ 2014 Melbourne Cup hope Sertorius.
Moody is also looking forward to the new season return of his Golden Slipper third placed filly Bring Me The Maid.
The rising three-year-old daughter of Sebring enjoyed a killer start to her career this autumn gone winning the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at just her third start and then running third to Mossfun in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on a wet Rosehill track on April 5.
She’s currently in pre-training in Queensland and making all the right moves ahead of her spring campaign where she’ll target the $1 million Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on Caulfield Guineas Day on October 11.
“It’s the logical target but it’s just a matter of how we get there at this stage,” Moody said of the 2014 Thousand Guineas.
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