Peter Moody's Moment Of Change lines up in the Australia Stakes. Image courtesy of news.com.au
His champion mare Black Caviar won the race in 2010 and 2012 during her amazing 25-run unbeaten career and trainer Peter Moody is a huge chance of winning the Group 2 event again with Moment Of Change. But it is going to take a clever ride by jockey Linda Meech with the five- year-old son of Barely A Moment drawing the outside gate in a field of 10 on the tricky Moonee Valley circuit.
Even with the widest barrier, there are plenty of positives to justify the short quote. Moment Of Change is the only Group 1 winner in the 1200m contest and goes well fresh. In five previous first-up runs, the winner of just under $1m in prizemoney has recorded two wins, two seconds and a third. At his last start before a spell, Moment Of Change finished a close second to Australia’s best sprinter Buffering in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth in late November.
The Valley has proved elusive for the gelding. From three starts on the track, he’s finished fourth in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes and filled the same placing in the Group 1 Moir Stakes. Both of those were behind Queensland bulldog Buffering. At his only other run on the circuit, Moody’s charge was second behind Kuroshio in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes over the 1000m scamper. In 2013, he ran second behind Black Caviar in the Lightning Stakes and was runner-up in the Newmarket Handicap to Shamexpress. His Group 1 success came in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield in September 2012.
Clearly the class horse, Moment Of Change’s biggest danger is Tony Vasil’s improving sprinter Richie’s Vibe which tasted carnival success in listed company over 1200m at Flemington, where it beat Sea Lord . Trained by Stephen Brown, Sea Lord has won four from five at the Valley and took out the Australia Stakes 12 months ago. The six-year-old Street Cry gelding backs up in this edition. Many of the other runners are either out of form or out of their depth.
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