Gary Moore is looking forward to the race return of recent stable acquisition Mount Panorama who has a tough task first-up facing Capitalist in the 2016 San Domenico Stakes this weekend.
Moore took over the training of the smart Sebring gelding, formerly prepared by Hawkes Racing, when the galloper was purchased by clients of his Hong Kong-based brother John.
“It’s definitely great for the stable,” Moore said of obtaining Mount Panorama for his Rosehill base.
“I believe on what he showed as a two-year-old he’s a very nice horse.”
To date Mount Panorama has had four runs for a trio of thirds, all the placings achieved in Group company as a two-year-old during a strong summer – autumn campaign in Sydney.
He has had two Group 2 runs when third to Astern in the Silver Sipper Stakes and third to Souchez in the Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill Gardens last campaign, and returns to his pet track for Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
Just nine three-year-olds are nominated for this season’s San Domenico Stakes with Golden Slipper winner Capitalist scaring off a number of possible rivals.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Written Tycoon colt was down to resume in last weekend’s Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m), but a Heavy (10) Randwick track saw the top youngster scratched from the weight-for-age sprint.
Moore admits that Capitalist is the deserving odds-on favourite in San Domenico Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and the one to beat, but that he couldn’t be any happier with how Mount Panorama is travelling.
“Capitalist is probably too good,” Moore said.
“He was the highest handicapped two-year-old of his generation so it’s going to give us an idea of where we’re going with Mount Panorama.”
The horse sharpened-up with a winning Gosford hit-out on August 1 over 800m where he drew away from his rivals showing excellent late pace in a performance that pleased his new trainer.
“I took him up there to take him away instead of trialling him at Rosehill,” Moore said.
“I was very pleased with the way he trialled.
“He came out of the trial in good shape and he’s a clean-winded horse.”
Many of the San Domenico Stakes graduates will look to back-up in tougher Sydney Spring Racing Carnival assignments like the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back at the track on September 10.
Moore doesn’t have Mount Panorama in the Golden Rose mix however and instead named an easier target for the horse a week later at Randwick – the $100,000 Listed Heritage Stakes (1000m).
Long-range if the horse really comes on the option to head south for Flemington’s $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Victoria Derby Day, October 29, is there.
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