The Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) on Saturday seemed the ideal race for Mouro. He would carry just 59kg as he jumped from barrier three with champion hoop Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle. It was a more desirable race than the Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m) at Doomben, for which the horse had drawn barrier 13 with a weight allocation of 61kg.
Despite all this, the five-year-old finished six and a half lengths off winner I’m Imposing in the 2014 Festival Stakes at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Saturday even though he was the $5.50 second favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Chris Waller’s I’m Imposing caused an upset win over Estonian Princess in the 2014 Festival Stakes, winning by just a short head-neck at odds of $19.
Due to the poor performance, Mouro’s plans to run in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick Racecourse on December 13 have been put on hold by trainer Tony McEvoy.
“I haven’t made my mind up yet whether he’ll still go to the Villiers in two weeks,” the trainer told Racing Network on Monday.
“I’ll have a good look at him over the next week before we make any decision about that.”
McEvoy went on to express his disappointment with Mouro’s run, which couldn’t be blamed on the Rosehill track.
“He raced miles below what we thought he would,” he explained.
“He felt the run a bit, was a little jarred-up, but Kerrin came back and didn’t put any blame on the track. He said there was a really good cover of grass.
“Mind you, the horse hasn’t left an oat, so that’s a good sign.
“He got very hot at one stage and even in the first 100 metres he couldn’t hold a spot, when we thought he was going to settle right on the back of the leaders.”
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