Dissident will be a favourite for the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) given his recent track record, which included two class wins, but trainer Peter Moody has warned the colt is being trained for longer races so his legs may not be as fast at Caulfield on Sunday.
“I think people have got to keep in mind that I’m training him for the Caulfield Stakes and the Cox Plate,” Moody told Sky Racing.
“That’s probably going to take some of the speed out of his legs for the Rupert Clarke. But that’s the big picture.
“The punters have got to be aware. I’m not training him to have the zip in him.
While Dissident has been successful this campaign, scoring wins in both the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), Moody is now plotting an increase in distance for the 2014 Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
Dissident is tied for $11 second-favourite with Sacred Falls at Ladbrokes.com.au for Cox Plate odds, with Fawkner edging out the two at $9.
Sunday’s Rupert Clarke may not be the best race to prepare for a distance of 2000m, but Moody believes a run on his home track is a better fit for the four-year-old rather than travelling to Sydney for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) a week later.
He’ll step up to longer distance two weeks later in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).
“I’m training him for the Caulfield Stakes. I want him to prove to me that he can run a genuine 10 furlongs (2000m) and then he’s got the Cox Plate two weeks after (the Caulfield Stakes),” Moody continued.
“Sunday is a good gallop for that.
“He probably doesn’t get the opportunity again before the Cox Plate and he’s never raced here before.
“It’s not something I usually do but the fact that we’re five weeks out, I thought we’d have a look while the opportunity was there.”
Ben Melham, who rode Dissident home in his two campaign wins this season, worked with Sebring’s son on Monday where he clocked 25.2 seconds for the last 400m of his solo gallop.
“He’s pretty casual but I was really happy with the way he worked,” the jockey said.
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