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This Saturday Peter Moody will kick off the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign of his Memsie Stakes 2014 bound galloper Moment Of Change who goes first-up into the Regal Roller Stakes.
Sixteen runners currently make up the nominations for this weekend’s $120,000 Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse, the early entries led by Moody’s triple Group 1 winner.
They haven’t raced since a third last (12th) in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) back in early March, but their first-up record is decent enough to suggest that won’t be a problem (6-2-3-1).
Moody does however believe the handicap conditions of the Regal Roller could make his champ a little vulnerable with Moment Of Change allocated the hefty 62.5kg topweight for the showdown.
That is three and a half kilos more than their next closest weighted rival with the Trent Busuttin-trained Kiwi El Roca on 58.5kg.
And it is a full eight kilograms higher than the minimum handicap of 54kg allocated to a host of smart runners including Lloyd Kennewell’s last start Bletchingly Stakes winner Thiamandi.
One thing Moody is certain of however is that Moment Of Change will be the one to beat next start.
After their resuming run on PB Lawrence Stakes Day they will go straight to the season’s opening Group 1 in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) back at the track on August 30.
“He’s got a good horse’s weight and this one will just blow the cobwebs off for the Memsie,” Moody told Racing Victoria on Tuesday morning at Caulfield trackwork.
“The way I’m approaching it is, if they don’t beat him Saturday they’re going to have trouble (beating him) in the Memsie.
“He’s ultra-competitive in any conditions, but he’s open to improvement and the Memsie is what we’re looking to.”
A winner of seven of their 22 starts to date the Barley A Moment gelding already boasts three Group 1 trophies and counting.
Their autumn was a particularly impressive one too and included two of those three elite level victories when they took out the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double at Caulfield.
They return to the track for the first time since then on Saturday looking to defend their flawless Caulfield record of four wins from as many starts.
The Memsie then will give Moment Of Change a chance to make it a quartet of Group 1 victories over the 1400m at Caulfield with their CF Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes wins this year coming nearly two years after their 2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes success.
They tuned up for their resuming run with hitouts at Caulfield on July 29 and August 5 and then were given another solid workout this morning impressing Moody once again.
“He’s going super and he looks tremendous,” he said.
“He’s had a couple of trials here at Caulfield and gone well.
“He worked out wide on the course proper this morning, he’s not appreciative of the slow to heavy ground, but he still worked good.”
Moody could also be represented in Saturday’s Regal Roller by Club Command (54kg), the Commands six-year-old having finished third in both the Magic Millions Cup and Sunshine Coast Cup in Queensland back in January.
“He’s a very competitive horse and he’s very seldom been out of the money his whole career,” Moody said of the gelding.
“He comes back off a break. I can’t recall the last time he ran bad and I can’t recall the last time he ran bad first up.
“He’s weighted nicely in the race to be competitive.”
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