After a mud track forced trainer Peter Moody to scratch his Randwick Guineas winner Dissident from the Warwick Stakes in Sydney last Saturday, the team now move to Plan B with the youngster racing in Melbourne’s 2014 Memsie Stakes this weekend.
Randwick Racecourse was in the Heavy-range for the Warwick Stakes Day meeting last weekend, Moody opting not to run his Sebring stallion first-up in the day’s marquee race – the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).
He was one of four scratchings from the weight-for-age clash subsequently won by known mudlark Tiger Tees along with Chris Waller’s triple Group 1 winner Boban, the Joe Pride-trained Laser Hawk and the pre-race favourite Messene.
Moody then takes the four-year-old straight to Melbourne for his resuming run this Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) that is set to attract a top notch field.
Narrow winner of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) over El Roca back in mid-March, Dissident was last seen running a disappointing 12th behind Sacred Falls when a Heavy (9) track got the better of him in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12.
He has had two trials since including a fourth over 1050m at the start of the month.
While the weather delayed the return of Dissident, Moody remains confident the horse is sharp enough for a shot at another Group 1 win in the Memsie this weekend ahead of a $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) bid at Moonee Valley on October 25.
The star-studded Memsie Stakes 2014 nominations are due out shortly and are set to feature the likes of Randwick Guineas runner-up El Roca, last year’s Cox Plate runner-up Happy Trails, fellow 2014 Cox Plate-bound Jet Away for David Hayes and Dissident’s stablemate Moment Of Change.
Barley A Moment six-year-old Moment Of Change is a specialist over the track and distance too having taken out the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes over the 1400m at Caulfield during the autumn.
The gelding returned on August 16 at Caulfield and ran second behind Hard Stride in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m), an effort he can improve on second-up (6-2-1-2) over the extra metres.
Also enjoying multiple representation in the Memsie will be rival horseman Darren Weir saddling up one-time Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune, returning Moonee Valley specialist Signoff and recent stable acquisition Black Tycoon which won last year’s Perth Cup.
Puissance De Lune was the disappointment of last year’s Cox Plate when 12th behind Shamus Award.
The Shamardal grey will this time then be kept to a mile.
Last spring he won the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up but could only manage to finish an average sixth when resuming in the same race on August 16.
He backed up 12 months ago with a devastatingly close second to Foreteller in the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), the Flemington feature also on the cards again this September after Saturday’s Memsie assignment.
Signoff though is the horse most likely for Weir in the Memsie, the flying Authorized five-year-old having been defeated just once in his seven starts.
Whether that can translate into Spring Cups’ success as is the talk of the town however is still open according to Weir who has him earmarked for the $250,000 Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) on October 29.
“He’s a nice stayer who will come into his own when he gets to 2000m, but he has been beating jumpers,” he said.
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