This weekend one of the major support races on the PB Lawrence Stakes Day program at Caulfield Racecourse is the Regal Roller Stakes 2014 where Peter Moody’s Group 1 champion Moment Of Change is battling for favouritism with visiting Adelaide mare Thiamandi.
The two are dominating the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for the $120,000 Listed Winslow Group Regal Roller Stakes (1200m), the handicap clash set to run as Caulfield Race 5 at 2:40pm on Saturday.
Just nine sprinters make up the field for the Regal Roller this year with the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Thiamandi currently leading the markets at a firming $3.70.
Drawn ideally in barrier two with Joe Bowditch to ride, the daughter of Street Boss comes off three straight wins that she’s looking to make four on the trot here.
Her two most recent efforts were both at Caulfield too giving her a tidy record of two wins from three starts at the Melbourne track.
Based at Morphettville in South Australia, the four-year-old has shown an affinity for Caulfield as displayed last start on July 26 when she defeated Gig by two lengths to win the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
While the form is there for all to observe, Ladbrokes.com.au are taking no chances with Moody’s three time Group 1 winner Moment Of Change who is also a Caulfield specialist and sits hot on Thiamandi’s heels at $3.80.
The Barley A Moment six-year-old is undefeated on the course with a quartet of wins headlined by the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double over 1400m here back in February.
The gelding’s first-up record is also strong with two wins, three seconds and a third from six attempts further boosting their claims on the weekend.
Moment Of Change however has a firm disadvantage under the handicap conditions having been allocated the hefty 62kg top weight.
That is a full eight kilograms more than Thiamandi carries, the mare getting in on the 54kg minimum and dropping back two kilos from her Bletchingly Stakes winning weight.
There are then four other single figure hopes in the mix, the bookies having a hard time separating the rest of the field, with:
- #8 Hard Stride ($4.80) – Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained perennial runner-up has finished second in their past four starts and after one better here, Craig Williams rides from barrier five with the Street Sense four-year-old coming off a 1200m Moonee Valley run from August 2
- #4 Club Command ($6) – Moody’s other runner this Commands six-year-old was third in both the Magic Millions Cup and Sunshine Coast Cup back in January over 1400m before a ninth at Flemington in mid-February, first-up here and record when resuming is good (4-2-1-1) as is their slow track form (4-1-1-2) so conditions should suit at a track the gelding is yet to finish out of the money at
- #9 Jemerica ($8) – Michael Moroney’s Captain Rio mare comes off a win at the track and distance from July 26, up against an open field of rivals for the first time here though after three straight runs against three-year-old fillies, wet track form is imposing so if the give is out of the track can be competitive, form around Thiamandi two when runner-up to her at Caulfield two back in July
- #2 Pillar Of Creation ($8.50) – Second in the race for the Ellerton-Zahra team, rails draw for this God’s Own five-year-old coming off a good lot of winter form that included back-to-back wins over 1200m at Moonee Valley and then 1400m at Caulfield before a fifth in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) on July 12 last time out before a brief freshen-up
Rounding out the Regal Roller Stakes field and markets then are the Robert Smerdon-trained Fastnet Rock gelding Electric Fusion ($26) and Nigel Blackiston’s $101 roughie Desert Jeuney ($101) who needs more distance.
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