Not having raced since December last year, Adam Durrant’s rising seven-year-old Mr Moet is gearing up for their long awaited return in the 2014 Goodwood Sprint next month.
The Mosayter six-year-old, winner of the Group 1 Railway Stakes back in 2012, had a testing spring-summer season last year.
That ended with a sixth behind Ihtsahymn in the Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) on December 21 – a race they also won back in 2012.
Having been sidelined ever since recovering, their Lark Hill-based trainer Durrant is looking forward to getting them back to the races next month with a trial planned over the next few weeks.
Their first-up assignment is scheduled as the $100,000 Listed Goodwood Sprint (1300m) on August 23.
“It will depend on what the tracks are like and if it is not too wet whether he returns in the Goodwood,” Durrant told The West Australian.
“He has been off the scene for a while, but I am confident he is back to his best because his work has been excellent.”
It won’t be an easy assignment for the veteran however with gun sprinter Barakey also in line for a Goodwood Sprint run this winter.
Trainer Jim Taylor was to trial Barakey at Belmont Park on Monday but the star was withdrawn from their 1000m jump-out as the track was too chopped up.
They are still said to be on track for a Goodwood showdown with Mr Moet however, the Key Business gelding last seen flopping when ninth behind Queensland raider Buffering in last November’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
As for Mr Moet, the Goodwood Sprint is set to lead into another Perth Summer Racing Carnival campaign for the seasoned galloper who has spent the past 14 weeks in work for Durrant at his Karnup stables.
They had three unplaced Ascot runs last year but that was on the back of a spring preparation spent in elite level company in Melbourne.
Mr Moet also campaigned in Melbourne last autumn on the back of their Perth Cup second to Talent Show.
Their biggest success in February 2013 was a close third when under a length off All Too Hard in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Last spring they had five Victorian runs, four of which were in Group 1 class including their close fourth behind Side Glance in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
They were also far from disgraced the run before when only two and a half lengths off Fawkner in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
After their winter run in the Goodwood Sprint, Durrant plans to run Mr Moet in all the upcoming summer majors again including the 2014 Railway Stakes in November, $250,000 Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) and the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in December.
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