Following the 2014 Caulfield Cup final field & barrier draw on Wednesday, plenty of the runners have received a lot of media attention and interest from punters.
One horse that has managed to stay out of the limelight for the $3 million race however is the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty.
The seven-year-old gelding is one of four entries for the top Sydney trainer, and has drawn the best barrier of the bunch (7), but has so far avoided much attention. He’s set to jump even lower following the scratching of Gris Caro.
Michael Rodd, who is set to ride Moriarty home in the Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m), is more than happy to be in the background as it would make a win that much sweeter.
“Yeah, he’s flying under the radar a bit, but that doesn’t bother me at all,” Rodd told Racing Network on Friday.
“When you have these internationals around they seem to get all of the media and attention,” he said.
“This horse ran a super race in the Caulfield Cup last year, wasn’t beaten far at all, and this year he’s coming into the race off a really strong win,” he said.
Moriarty is one of only five last start winners on the field, including favourite Lucia Valentina, after taking out the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) in Sydney on October 4.
He produced an excellent run, coming from last to beat Rising Romance, who will be his rival once again in the Caulfield Cup.
He has yet to win at the top level of racing but will enjoy the step up in distance following the strong win over 2000m.
Despite his impressive last start win, Moriarty is rated a $21 chance in the Caulfield Cup fixed-odds betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au.
“He doesn’t seem to be getting much attention, but I think he’s very well placed,” the jockey said.
This weekend’s Caulfield Cup Day is set to be one to watch, following the shock scratching of Japanese superstar stayer Bande.
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