The Flight Stakes 2015 at Royal Randwick in October is one of the Group 1 targets Melbourne’s Peter Moody has planned for his progressive filly Pasadena Girl this spring.
A rising three-year-old daughter of Savabeel, the nicely-bred Pasadena Girl has won three of her four starts and is on track for a big new season return with Moody eyeing runs in both Sydney and Melbourne this preparation.
She is a three-times stakes winner and elite level champion following her latest effort, a half-length win over Street Rapper in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) over the Randwick mile in April.
Her debut was a Flemington win in February’s Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) followed by a second success at Victoria’s premier track, this time in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1200m).
Moody put her into Group 1 company at just her third career run when racing in Sydney for the first time to finish a brave fourth only one and a half lengths off the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained winner Pride Of Dubai in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) a fortnight before her Champagne success.
Back in work, Pasadena Girl is heading towards another big campaign with Group 1 targets against her own kind including $500,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies on Epsom Handicap Day, October 3.
Following that she could be Melbourne bound for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 10, or Moody could alternatively chose to target just one of those two mile classics for her.
“Pasadena Girl is a last-start group 1 winner and the Flight Stakes or Thousand Guineas are obvious targets for her,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald this week.
Over the years Moody has saddled up three Flight Stakes starters for two seconds and a third, but his success in the Thousand Guineas is far from the same with none of his six runners to date having finished in the money.
Moody is also hopeful the autumn form of his High Chaparral colt Hi World will stack up in the spring, the three-year-old having won four of his seven starts so far.
The last three of his runs have all produced victories including a Group 3 winning double at Randwick in April with success in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on a Heavy (9) and then the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) on a Soft (6) last time out.
A confirmed spring target is yet to be assigned to Hi World, but Moody said the boost in prize money from $500,000 to $1 million for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) on the same day as the Flight Stakes at Randwick could see the youngster target the mile feature.
“Hi World, we don’t know where he fits yet,” Moody said.
“He could be a weight-for-age horse or the Epsom, it’s worth a million, could be his race.
“It will depend how he comes back to where he goes but that’s the sort of team we have. It is young and a bit exciting.”
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