Thomas Sadler has secured the ride aboard the Robert Hickmott-trained Massiyn in the benchmark 96 over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley this Saturday.
The son of renowned trainer John Sadler is excited to wear the prestigious dark blue and white silks and represent owner Lloyd Williams in the $80,000 race.
“It’s pretty exciting to be wearing such famous colours,” Sadler told Racing Victoria.
“It’s obviously one thing to ride a winner in town but to potentially ride a winner for such a prestigious stable, a stable that is associated with Spring Carnival success, I think would be massive coup.
“Even if the horse doesn’t win, as long as I ride it well I think it shows that the right people are giving me a go and hopefully it can lead to more opportunities.”
Massiyn ran second in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) last time out, missing out on victory by just a nose to Bring Something.
The horse has been awarded a great advantage in the Moonee Valley handicap after drawing the inside run from barrier one. He will also carry just 57kg in the race, down two kilos from his allocated weight due to Sadler’s claim.
The six-year-old horse was a late scratching from the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) on November 15 due to a bout of colic but is back to his peak fitness level ahead of Saturday’s race.
“At Bendigo he really began well and put himself on the speed so I’m confident that if he can begin well on Saturday he can race somewhere near the lead depending on what Lloyd Williams’ instructions are on the day,” Sadler said.
“I thought he was very stiff not to win the Bendigo Cup and his run at Moonee Valley the start before was also full of merit.”
Sadler is hopeful that a win aboard Massiyn on Saturday will lead him to gain more metropolitan rides throughout the summer season.
“I’m just going to be trying to make the most of the opportunities that I get over the next couple of months,” he said.
“I’ll obviously be riding a lot for dad and our team looks as though it’s ticking along nicely for the summer months.”
A capacity field of 14 stayers plus four emergencies have accepted for the BM96 at Moonee Valley and Massiyn faces some tough competition for the title including Benalla Cup (2046m) winner Commanding Time, Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) third Extra Zero, and the Robert Smerdon-trained Spinderbella.
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