Triple Group 1 winner Dissident will be out to atone for a last start loss when trainer Peter Moody gives him another look at the 2000m in Saturday’s Caulfield Stakes ahead of a Cox Plate 2014 start over the same distance in a fortnight.
Sebring four-year-old Dissident has been in flying form this season and on the weekend shoots for his fourth elite level win, and third this time in, in the $400,000 Group 1 Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes (2000m).
Drawn in gate eight in the 12 horse weight-for-age field, Ben Melham rides the in-form stallion who narrowly leads Caulfield Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Firming in from an opening price of $4.80, Dissident is at a current quote of $4.20 to beat home the likes of Chris Waller’s last start George Main Stakes winner Sacred Falls ($4.40) and last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner ($5.50).
The Caulfield Stakes favourite has just his second look at the distance with his other 2000m effort being a sixth behind Criterion in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas as a three-year-old in Sydney back in March.
That run came on the back of his breakthrough Group 1 win in the Randwick Guineas over 1600m 14 days earlier.
Moody is eyeing a run in the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) on October 25 at Moonee Valley Racecourse for Dissident and so is using Saturday’s race as an indication of how he handles the distance ahead of that Grand Final run.
“I want to see him do it; his only run at the trip he was fifth [sic] in the Rosehill Guineas on an unsuitable wet track,” Moody told Racing Victoria this week.
“So given the dry surface and we’re playing at home, he gets every opportunity on Saturday; and we want to see him take that opportunity to see him go forward to the Cox Plate two weeks later.”
In futures Cox Plate betting open on the 41 third acceptors at Ladbrokes Dissident occupies the third line at a quote of $8.
He trails the two other best fancied Caulfield Stakes chances on Saturday in a mini-Cox Plate showdown, the Robert Hickmott-trained Fawkner the $5.50 favourite for the end-of-month clash and Sacred Falls hot on his heels at $6.
The Cox Plate odds are then likely to undergo a reshuffle post-Caulfield Guineas Day should Dissident beat those two to the line in the Caulfield Stakes.
First-up in his four-year-old debut he scored a tidy two and a quarter length win over Sweet Idea in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield before another Group 1 win, this time holding off Fawkner by a nose in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
He was defeated in an upset then by Trust In A Gust, who runs in Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), when back down in distance for the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 28.
Dissident gave six kilos away to the winner that day carrying 58kg under handicap conditions and so should be able to improve with the same kilos but under WFA conditions this weekend.
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