Trainer Peter Moody has confirmed Saturday’s All Aged Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick is the likely swansong race for retiring sprint star Dissident who will shoot for his fifth career Group 1 before bowing out.
It is shaping up as an intriguing, star-studded edition of the $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney this weekend, the 18 nominations taken for the weight-for-age clash led by last start TJ Smith Stakes winner Chautauqua.
While the TJ Smith Stakes has produced four of the past 10 All Aged Stakes winners including two to complete the double, and the favourites boasting a top record in the race, there are still doubts whether the current $3 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au can extend out to 1400m after a tough run in the wet to win the TJ Smith Stakes in the final stride.
It’s a fairly open early All Aged Stakes betting market before Wednesday’s final field announcement, five of the Team Hawkes-trained Chautauqua’s rivals also under double figures for the win.
The last of those single figure hopes at $8.50 is Dissident, Moody’s Sebring four-year-old one of a logjam of horses in a tight battle for Horse of the Year honours this season who is down to call it quits after Saturday.
“I would suggest there is every chance this will be his last start,” Moody told The Daily Telegraph on Monday.
“He has been a tremendous horse and it would be lovely for him to go out with another Group 1 win.”
Currently Dissident is the only triple Group 1 winner for the season however, Moody hoping he can add another with an upset All Aged Stakes result on the weekend.
That would certainly bode well for his Horse of the Year claims with no standout superstar odds-on to score that title.
The stallion races in Sydney for the first time in over a year, the 2014 Randwick Guineas winner not having raced at Randwick since his 12th to Sacred Falls in last year’s Doncaster Mile.
Since then he’s raced exclusively in Melbourne picking up another three Group 1 trophies with wins in the Memsie Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes and most recent the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield on February 14.
His last start was back over the 1400m in Group 1 company at Caulfield when a credible third to Suavito in the Futurity Stakes, a race that last produced an All Aged Stakes winner just two years ago when All Too Hard completed the double.
After the Futurity the horse suffered mile respiratory issues but Moody is confident he has made a full recovery and is ready to show that in Sydney on Saturday where he will be ridden by Sydney Cup winning hoop Jim Cassidy.
“He had a gallop there (Randwick) last Friday and I was very pleased with his work,” he said.
“The horse is in great shape.”
Dissident is a gun over the 1400m boasting three wins, two seconds and a third from his six previous over the distance so while the track might not be his preferred he boasts that advantage over a host of his rivals.
Aside from Chautauqua the other major All Aged Stakes players this year include the Darren Weir-trained William Reid Stakes winner Lucky Hussler ($5), gun three-year-old Shooting To Win ($5.50) coming off a fifth in the George Ryder, Darley Classic winner from the spring Terravista ($6) and Gai Waterhouse’s Australian Guineas champ Wandjina ($7.50).
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