Robert Heathcote’s veteran sprinter Buffering is nominated to defend his title in the Moir Stakes 2015 at Moonee Valley Racecourse’s night meeting on Friday night in Melbourne.
This year’s weight-for-age $450,000 Group 1 City Jeep Moir Stakes (1000m) has attracted a bumper 20 nominations including last year’s champ, the now eight-year-old Mossman gelding Buffering.
No eight-year-old has won the Moir Stakes in over 30 years while the last back-to-back winner of the sprint classic that Buffering will be out to emulate this long weekend was the mighty Black Caviar (2010, 2011).
Buffering though is also a dual Moir Stakes champion having also won the 2012 edition as a five-year-old before a second to Samaready in 2013 and his win over Lankan Rupee last year.
The evergreen Brisbane warhorse hasn’t raced since mid-December when making his international debut to run sixth to Aerovelocity in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), but has an ace record when fresh with seven wins from 10 previous first-up assignments.
The next best out of last year’s Moir Stakes nominated for another shot in 2015 is the Robbie Griffiths-trained mare Angelic Light who ran fourth when beaten under a length in a blanket finish.
Her last run was a seventh to Lucky Hussler in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) back in late March, but returning to Moonee Valley should improve with her ace record at the track (8-3-2-1).
Mares have held their own against the boys in the Moir Stakes well with three saluting in the past five years.
Along with Angelic Light the other mares in the mix this season are the returning Kris Lees-trained Brook Road, last start Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) runner-up Griante for David Brideoake, recent Sir John Monash Stakes winner Miss Promiscuity representing David Hayes & Tom Dabernig and Sweet Emily.
There are also two three-year-old fillies in the mix with Fontiton for Robert Smerdon and the Ciaron Maher-trained Petits Filous.
Turffontein filly Fontiton won her opening three career starts including the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview – Prelude double before her latest run at Caulfield on February 28 in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) where she ran fifth to Pride Of Dubai.
The exciting Petits Filous meanwhile is undefeated with four wins from as many runs to date, Glen Boss booked to ride the daughter of Street Boss in place of the suspended Damien Oliver who has been aboard for all of her previous starts.
Another last start winner in the mix is the Mick Price-trained Choisir eight-year-old Le Bonsir who took out the Listed Norman Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at the track and distance on August 22.
Sydney’s Joe Pride meanwhile has three Moir Stakes nominees this season with 2014 Group 1 The Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, multiple Group 1 champ Terravista who is first-up and has won four of his five previous runs when returning, and the in-form Ball Of Muscle.
Dubawi five-year-old Ball Of Muscle is a super consistent sprinter who comes off a brave second to Rebel Dane when just a nose off the winner in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on September 19.
Other noteworthy Moir Stakes entries include consistent Adelaide raider Cashed stepping right up in class and John O’Shea’s Exceed And Excel colt Furnaces coming off a Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) third at Moonee Valley.
Check out the full Moir Stakes 2015 nominations below with the field out on Wednesday.
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2015 Moir Stakes Nominations
Moonee Valley Racecourse – 02/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trianer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2x31425x7x||ANGELIC LIGHT||M||6||Robbie Griffiths||105|
|2||121x221x32||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||5||Joseph Pride||105|
|3||31x08x171x||BROOK ROAD||M||5||Kris Lees||97|
|6||643x2301x2||FLAMBERGE||G||6||Peter G Moody||109|
|11||1135×79||HEADWATER||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||82|
|12||276x520x31||LE BONSIR||G||8||Mick Price||96|
|13||377×122813||MISS PROMISCUITY||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||100|
|14||1111||PETITS FILOUS||F||3||Ciaron Maher||86|
|15||x3x745746x||RAIN AFFAIR||G||8||Daniel Bowman||98|
|17||60007560×9||STERLING CITY||G||7||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||108|
|18||113163×685||SWEET EMILY||M||5||Phil Sweeney||82|
|20||37x112x80x||TIGER TEES (NZ)||G||8||Joseph Pride||109|