Cup Carnival Calls 2019 Moonga Stakes Winner Streets Of Avalon

October 19, 2019

Cup Carnival Calls 2019 Moonga Stakes Winner Streets Of Avalon

Shane Nichols will race on with his gutsy Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 2019 winner Streets Of Avalon who will be kept in Group 3 company over the Melbourne Cup Carnival after his nice Caulfield victory.

Streets Of Avalon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Streets Of Avalon was back in winning form at Caulfield in the 2019 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes. Photo; Ultimate Racing Photos.

The honest Magnus five-year-old relished the drop in class and distance off a tough Group 1 run in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) last time out to salute in the Group 3 $200,000 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day.

Prepared out of Mornington, the gelding ran 11th to Fierce Impact in the Toorak having to do plenty of work in the mile feature on the back of an eye-catching fourth behind Begood Toya Mother at huge odds in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

This time Nichols opted to give his galloper an easier assignment and Streets Of Avalon rewarded him getting back to winning form for the first time since his Group 3 Ladbrokes Victoria Handicap (1400m) win at the same track and distance back in the autumn.

“For a horse like him, he bounces, gets up on the speed and finds the line, he’s very tough,” Nichols said.

“I thought he went up a level again to win a Group 3 like this. Around this level he’s damn competitive.

“The mile was just a touch too far.”

Streets Of Avalon ($5) went up from 56kg in the Toorak to 58.5kg in the Moonga Stakes, but thanks to a strong ride by Ben Melham had no worries under the weight running home to defeat Variation ($14) by a length.

In third rounding out the trifecta after a barnstorming late run was the previously undefeated and very lightly-raced raider Royal Meeting, Saeed Bin Suroor’s 60kg topweight running third as the beaten $3.60 favourite.

“Today they all looked at each other…but we got the lovely run,” Nichols added.

“He was exposed early, but he hit the line like a demon.”

Melham and Streets Of Avalon were forced to cover a bit of ground during an on-pace run in the Moonga, but the horse was always in a good rhythm and after controlling things on the outside scored a dominant win.

“He’s run in all the Group 1s and neve runs a bad race,” winning hoop Melham said after describing Streets Of Avalon as “underrated”.

“He tries his bloody guts out going to the line.

“He could have given up, but he didn’t, he went again so it’s a good asset.”

Nichols said they were not tempted to try Streets Of Avalon in top-level company again this season ruling out a shot at the Group 1 $2 million Kennedy Cantala (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

Instead he named the Group 3 $200,000 Chatham Stakes (1400m) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, November 9, as the next-up target.

Also on the cards could be a quick back-up at Sandown’s Ladbrokes Park Hillside on November 16 in the Group 3 $160,000 Sandown Stakes (1500m).

“There’s also the races in Dubai next year…we have got that in the back of our mind as well,” Nichols said hinting at a possible 2020 international campaign for Streets Of Avalon.

2019 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Ben Melham 9 58.5kg $5
2 8 VARIATION Stephen Miller Damien Oliver 1L 6 57kg $14
3 2 ROYAL MEETING (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Patrick Cosgrave 1.2L 8 60kg $3.60F
4 7 MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) Tony Noonan Jake Noonan 2.45L 1 58kg $12
5 1 LAND OF PLENTY Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 2.65L 2 60kg $5
6 3 MOSS ’N’ DALE (NZ) Peter Gelagotis Jack Martin (a) 2.75L 7 58.5kg $51
7 6 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 3.75L 3 58kg $15
8 5 TERBIUM Phillip Stokes Luke Nolen 7.25L 4 58.5kg $31
9 9 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 8.25L 5 57kg $4.60

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

Magic Millions Classic Favouri...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiw...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiwia Goes Back-to-Back

Trainer Archie Alexander was over the moon with the surprise 2019 Ballarat Cup...

The Gong 2019 Results: Mister ...

The Gong 2019 Results: Mister Sea Wolf Wins for Waller

Master Sydney-based horseman Chris Waller continued his brilliant spring...

2019 The Gong Odds Update: Luv...

2019 The Gong Odds Update: Luvaluva Firming Favourite

After battling for top spot in The Gong 2019 betting earlier in the week, the...

2019 Ballarat Cup Betting Upda...

2019 Ballarat Cup Betting Update: Dr Drill Firming Favourite

The rails-drawn Dr Drill remains the punters’ pick in Ballarat Cup 2019...

Horse Racing Today

2020 Coolmore Classic Calls fo...

Apollo Stakes Win Sees Alizee ...

Apollo Stakes Win Sees Alizee Firm in Chipping Norton Stakes Betting

Godolphin’s five-year-old mare Alizee got the job done on Saturday in the...

Black Caviar Lightning 2020 Re...

Black Caviar Lightning 2020 Results: Gytrash Defeats Redzel

A return to the Flemington straight for next month’s Group 1 $1.25 million...

2020 Light Fingers Stakes Resu...

2020 Light Fingers Stakes Results: Surround Stakes Calls for Flit

The Group 1 $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) back at Royal Randwick on...

Australian Guineas 2020 Next f...

Australian Guineas 2020 Next for Tough CS Hayes Winner Alligator Blood

The Group 1 $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) back at HQ at the end of the...

Race Results

2020 Coolmore Classic Calls for Triscay Winner Sweet Deal

Apollo Stakes Win Sees Alizee Firm in Chipping Norton Stakes Betting

The Vanity Winner Bonvicini to Take On Boys in Australian Guineas 2020

Black Caviar Lightning 2020 Results: Gytrash Defeats Redzel

2020 Light Fingers Stakes Results: Surround Stakes Calls for Flit

Race Previews

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw: Hanseatic in 1

Capacity Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Final Field: Hanseatic, Away Game to Face Off

Libertini Dominates Light Fingers Stakes 2020 Field & Odds

Apollo Stakes 2020 Field & Betting Update: Verry Elleegant Market Mover

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Betting Update: No Love for Gaby

Fields & Form

2020 Blue Diamond Stakes Barrier Draw: Hanseatic in 1

Capacity Blue Diamond Stakes 2020 Final Field: Hanseatic, Away Game to Face Off

2020 Apollo Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

2020 Black Caviar Lightning Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Libertini Dominates Light Fingers Stakes 2020 Field & Odds