Peter Moody is talking a possible Cox Plate campaign with his super stallion Dissident who came back at Caulfield today to make a field full of older weight-for-age stars look pretty ordinary with an outstanding Memsie Stakes 2014 win.
A son of Sebring, the new season four-year-old kicked off in the best possible way going straight to WFA company at elite level in a $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) field featuring six individual Group 1 winners.
One of those was the eventual winner too with Dissident having beaten his own age back in mid-March when narrowly holding off El Roca in the Randwick Guineas over the mile.
His two subsequent runs were both out of the money, including a 12th in a wet Doncaster Mile, before he was turned out for a winter spell in Queensland.
Having matured well over the break Dissident showed great potential for a big Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with a second Group 1 win now under the belt.
“He’s really furnished nicely,” Moody told TVN Live after the win.
“He had a terrific winter in Queensland.”
A big horse with plenty of ability, the speed in the Memsie suited Dissident’s roll-along style of racing and he got a lovely run in transit despite having over-raced early.
First-up the punters were wary and Dissident jumped at $13 with Ben Melham, who rode Black Caviar to victory in the 2010 Patinack Farm Classic in the ride of his life, in the saddle.
“They ran along at a decent clip, it sort of suits his style,” Melham said after the win.
“He’s a big sluggish bugger, you got to keep him rolling.”
After the jump Dissident was right up there and was racing a bit fresh, Melham taking a while to get the horse to settle under him early.
Gai Waterhouse’s last start Group 2 Missile Stakes winning mare Sweet Idea ($8) meanwhile went forward to lead from Moody’s other runner Moment Of Change ($5).
Sweet Idea held the front run comfortably from six-year-old Moment Of Change who, until today, was undefeated over the 1400m at Caulfield including a trio of Group 1 wins at the track and distance.
Dissident ($12) meanwhile was settled third just behind the on-pace runners having come back underneath his hoop after jumping a bit fresh.
With 600m to go Sweet Idea was still leading by a neck but the others were coming including Dissident who was starting to finish off.
Eventually he pushed through to hit the front having been in the right place to run down the pacesetting mare and raced away to bolt it in by over two lengths.
Far from disgraced Sweet Idea held on for second running as brave as ever with one time Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune ($8), ticking over nicely, catching the eye with a nice second-up third on the back of a sixth first-up in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at the track a fortnight ago.
It was a very impressive win from the Randwick Guineas winner, but his better fancied stablemate Moment Of Change dropped right out of it to finish dead last giving Moody a runner at both ends of the finishing order.
With a Group 1 win in Melbourne on the record the sky looks the limit for Dissident this prep, the obvious target now being the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25.
“He is a high class colt,” Moody said. “And he had the conditions to suit.
“It’s terrific to see them bounce back like that.
“The world’s his oyster; that was a top class field and he put them to the sword and really got the job done.
“He’s mixed with the best of his age at three but he’s taken on the good old weight-for-age horses and he’s dead set put the sword to them.
“He’s an outstanding looking fella and he deserves his place in any weight-for-age race in the country.”
While Moody is confident class-wise the Cox Plate would not be out of Dissident’s reach, he will wait before getting too excited to see if the horse can get up to a mile and a quarter.
“He’s got to show us though he can run a mile and a quarter that’s the thing,” the trainer said.
Winning hoop Melham thinks he could but admits there was still plenty of water to flow under the bridge before Cox Plate Day.
“He did give me a terrific feel,” Melham said.
“He could (get the 2000m), he’s got the right temperament to do so but that’s a long way down the track.”
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2014 Memsie Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 8 – 30/08/2014
|1||8||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||–||5||58.5kg||$12|
|2||11||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Newitt||2.25L||10||56.5kg||$8|
|3||6||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||2.45L||1||59kg||$8|
|4||9||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Damien Oliver||3.45L||3||57kg||$11|
|5||2||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||3.65L||9||59kg||$4.20F|
|6||5||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||Craig Williams||4.15L||11||59kg||$26|
|7||10||GIG||Shawn Mathrick||Vlad Duric||4.55L||6||57kg||$81|
|8||1||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Michael Rodd||5.05L||2||59kg||$19|
|9||7||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||5.45L||4||59kg||$6|
|10||4||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||6.45L||7||59kg||$51|
|11||3||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8.2L||8||59kg||$5|