Vashka Too Good in 2015 Moonga Stakes

October 17, 2015

Vashka Too Good in 2015 Moonga Stakes

Godolphin runner Vashka has returned to the winner’s circle in style at Caulfield Racecourse this afternoon; maintaining a strong enough sprint to withstand a late charge from clear race favourite Under The Louvre in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m).

Vashka led from start to finish to win the 2015 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield this afternoon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Vashka led from start to finish to win the 2015 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield this afternoon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Vashka jumped from the barriers well in the Moonga Stakes and was immediately led for the fore of the field by jockey James McDonald; setting a reasonably tempo away from the barriers and towards the bend.

Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, Vashka hugged the rails and kicked up a gear; pulling comfortably clear of the chasing pack and while appearing to fade late, managed to hold on for an eighth career win.

McDonald delivered a typically brilliant performance aboard Vashka to win 2015 Moonga Stakes and believed trainer John O’Shea instructions to allow the horse to stride forward early in the race was imperative in the success.

“He travelled beautifully and really suits Caulfield, especially with the firm track,” McDonald said after crossing the line.

“Credit to the team, they’ve kept him up and peaking for the right day and hopefully he’ll keep going.

“He rolled along and John gave me terrific instructions to just let him stride, and he’s a happy horse when you do that.

“It won’t be his last.”

O’Shea was pleased with Vashka’s Moonga Stakes triumph, and confirmed the horse will return to the paddock with a view towards the 2016 Autumn Carnival.

“I think for the Sydney horses first go at Caulfield, if you can find the rail it’s a big advantage,” O’Shea said.

“It was a really good team effort to get him here and it’s just nice to get one on the board today.

“He’s a big brute of a fella and despite the fact he was kept was kept very busy, he gets them out of their comfort zone early and keeps running.

“He’s a tough little horses and we think at some stage next year he’ll make a weight-for-age horse over 1400m or 1500m and you might see him back here early in the year.

“I think we’ll just give him a break now, get him back here early in the year because there’s some lovely weight-for-age racing where if he’s fit and on speed he might be able to do something similar to today.”

Punters who backed Vashka to win the 2015 Moonga Stakes with have been paid out on Top Tote or SP plus 20% – an offer available on all races remaining on 2015 Caulfield Cup Day!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Brave Smash to race in Chris W...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbourne Cup Win with Surrey

A son of triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva, Surrey, could develop into a...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

Horse Racing Today

Moss ‘N’ Dale chal...

2018 Eye Liner Stakes field: L...

2018 Eye Liner Stakes field: Lucky Hussler draws barrier 2

The Darren Weir trained Lucky Hussler heads up the final field for the 2018...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ips...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ipswich Cup

A final field of eleven will line up in the 2018 Listed $175,000 Channel 7...

Weir’s pair puts plenty ...

Weir’s pair puts plenty of quality into 2018 Eye Liner Stakes nominations

The Darren Weir trained Group 1 winner Lucky Hussler and Japanese import Danon...

Santa Ana Lane is the 2018 Str...

Santa Ana Lane is the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap winner

Santa Ana Lane scored his third Group 1 win and successive Group 1 wins with a...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

The Goodwood Day Fields – National Stakes 2013

Adelaide Cup Winner Riayla Heads RA Lee Stakes Field 2013

Linton Continues Stradbroke Handicap 2013 Campaign in Adelaide

Can Moody Score Second Goodwood With Moment Of Change?