Rival horseman Peter Moody is happy with the front-running speed Tassie cult galloper The Cleaner will bring to today’s Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes 2014 field at Moonee Valley.
Eleven promising staying types face off in this afternoon’s $250,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne including Moody’s French import Lidari.
The Acclamation six-year-old is second-up for the season after resuming in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 16.
There the stallion ran fifth, beaten just over two lengths, behind current $4.20 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes betting favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au Star Rolling.
For today’s rematch Lidari, winner of the Group 2 Blamey Stakes over the Flemington mile back in early March, pays $7.50 to win as one of the five single figure chances in the markets.
Big Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes market mover in from $6.50 to $6.50 meanwhile is Mick Burles’s Tasmanian raider The Cleaner.
Drawn in barrier two with Steven Arnold to ride the speedster from the Apple Isle is set to go forward and set a fast pace for the mile showdown especially with the Moonee Valley course rated at Good (3) for today’s meeting.
Savoire Vivre seven-year-old The Cleaner comes off some super consistent form too having run top two in his past four runs.
Included in those was a second to Akavoroun in the Listed Winter Championship (1600m) at Flemington in July and a first-up victory over this track and distance on August 2.
He carried 60.5kg that day and meets a better field today at WFA level with 59kg.
With a month between runs, The Cleaner is now looking to add to his awesome mile record at Moonee Valley with a third win over the track and distance from as many starts.
While the bookies and punters are rating him as hard to run down with the money continuing to come in for The Cleaner to win, history shows that no Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner in the past 30 years has had more than two lead-up runs before taking out the weight-for-age clash.
Moody is also happy to take The Cleaner on and believes the pace of the race will suit his runner Lidari who jumps from barrier eight with Luke Nolen in the saddle.
“I’d like to see horses like The Cleaner and Sweet Idea in every race,” Moody told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“You know what the tempo is going to be, rather than races where they sit up. It’s tremendous for racing.”
Last week Moody banked in on a sit-off-the-speed ride with his Sebring stallion Dissident who sat back from Sweet Idea before charging home to run away with a two and a half length victory in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Lidari then will be out to do the same in the Dato Tan Chin Nam, a race he contests for the second year on the trot after finishing a close third under half a length off subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente 12 months ago.
That finished off a short two race campaign for Lidari last season, but this year Moody is looking to extend him out further in distance bringing him into contention for majors including the $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18 and the $3 million Cox Plate (2000m) back at Moonee Valley on October 25.
“We’d like to get him out to 2000m and possibly 2400m,” Moody said.
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