CHRIS WALLER has finally found the key to Moriarty, and believes the Gosford Cup sets up perfectly for the imported stayer on Thursday.
The Tatt’s Club Cup winner is favourite for the $125,000 test over 2100 metres around the tight Gosford circuit and Waller will ask for similar riding tactics to those used on New Year’s Day.
”I was very impressed by his last win,” Waller said. ”He showed a real turn of foot when we rode him that bit quieter and we will probably ride him the same in this race.
”There are some good stayers in the race but it is that ability to sprint that could set him apart from the rest of the field.
”There are some well-performed horses there, Ironstein, Reuben Percival and Fiumicino, which have kept him down in the weights. He is getting to the end of his preparation but he is still racing very well.”
The TAB’s Glenn Munsie believes Moriarty is the one to beat as the $3.50 favourite. ”He appreciated being back to the 2000m last time and probably should have won easier,” Munsie said. ”I don’t think the 2100 will be a problem and it is very hard to beat anything when Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman are combining.”
Gai Waterhouse has two starters: second-elect Travolta, at $5, and Reuben Percival, rated a $7 chance despite having his first run since being runner-up in the Sandown Cup in November. They bookend evergreen ATC Cup victor Fiumicino at $6.
”Travolta is on his way through the grades and this is a big jump for him,” Waterhouse said. ”Reuben Percival is having his first run for two months and has a bit of weight.”
Waller also has imported mare Pipette at the top of betting for the $100,000 Belle Of The Turf (1600m) as she shoots for a hat-trick of wins and some black type in the listed mile event. ”This will be the second start in a row she will drop back in trip but I actually think her future is in the mile races,” Waller said. ”It is a bit unusual but she is racing well and I thought this was a good opportunity to try and get a bit of black type.”
The other feature on the card is the Takeover Target Stakes, which is an open affair with country sprinter Maroney Avenue at $4.20 followed by the resuming Rock ‘n’ Pop at $4.60, Zaratone at $4.80 and Darley’s Soledad at $5.
Meanwhile, Lloyd Williams has bought Hardwicke Stakes winner Sea Moon and will target the Australian Cup with the five-year-old.
Sea Moon, the winner of five from 10 starts, beat Dunaden and Red Cadeaux to win the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot last year and ran a distant eighth in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in October.
In other news, Arrowfield stallion Beneteau died at the Randwick Equine Centre on Wednesday.
The five-year-old was found in an ataxic state at the Scone stud and taken to Randwick but his condition deteriorated and the decision was made to put him down.
”Arrowfield and the shareholders are absolutely devastated,” spokeswoman Susan Archer said of the Blue Diamond Prelude winner. ”He was a special favourite of ours having been bred by Arrowfield, showing immense ability as a racehorse [before] retiring back to Arrowfield.”
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.