Nice 2014 Memsie Stakes Trial from Moody’s Star

July 29th, 2014

A positive gallop from the Peter Moody-trained Moment Of Change in Melbourne on Tuesday morning showed the triple Group 1 winner was gearing up for their shot at the Memsie Stakes 2014first-up this spring.

Moment Of Change

Moment Of Change will shoot for their fourth Group 1 win at Caulfield in the Memsie Stakes 2014 on August 30. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Barley A Moment gelding, turning six on Friday, was put through their paces at Caulfield Racecourse by Luke Nolen this morning and scored a tidy win over 750m.

Moment Of Change had around a length to spare in the jumpout where they defeated a number of quality gallopers including the fellow Moody-trained stablemates Lidari and 2012 Queensland Derby winner Brambles.

“That was good, he just had a bowl around,” Moody told Racing Victoria speaking of the workout.

“He’ll have another trial next week, just to blow the cobwebs off.”

The horse first entered the Group 1 winners’ club in September two years ago when finishing off their light spring campaign with a victory in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

Moment Of Change has since gone on to win two more elite level races, a record they’ll be looking to add to this coming season.

Well performed all throughout their Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign last year, that included four top four Group 1 runs including a VRC Sprint Classic third at Flemington, Moment Of Change also ran a long neck away second in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot last November.

This year they returned at Moonee Valley with a close first-up second after racing wide in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) from the outside barrier (10) with Linda Meech aboard.

It wasn’t until they returned to their pet Caulfield track however that they were able to break a lengthy drought and win their first race since the 2012 Sir Rupert Clarke.

Showing a great affinity for the course Moment Of Change narrowly held off Eurozone in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 8 and then combined with Nolen again for their Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) win 14 days later over Sertorius.

Moody then tested them in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 8 but Moment Of Change could only manage to finish 12th to Lankan Rupee after copping a big weight and getting outsprinted with it.

They are now getting ready to atone for the closing autumn run targeting an early feature with the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 30 on the cards.

Moody is yet to lock in their first-up run but will make the decision of where they kick off their new season after their second jumpout next week.

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