This weekend marks the five year anniversary of Takedown’s famous win in the Winterbottom Stakes and trainer Gary Moore is aiming to mark the anniversary week with a flood of winner’s starting at Newcastle on Tuesday.
Moore heads to Newcastle with a three of his string – all of them to be piloted by Alysha Collett.
In what could be a classic case of saving the best till last, Moore and Collett stand a tremendous chance of taking out the Yarraman Park Benchmark 58 Handicap (1350m) with Lucky To Win.
A son of Deep Field, Lucky To Win has only managed to win once in his 15 starts but hasn’t always had things go his way in his races.
‘’He loves soft ground and he’s got a good draw,’’ Moore says. “He is a lot better horse ridden on the speed but has suffered interference at his last two runs so this could be his race.
‘’He has got plenty of size and with the drop in grade, I don’t think he will have any problems carrying the weight.’’
Zoustar mare Princess Zeddy is set to resume in the Sharp Office Furniture Handicap (1200m).
Princess Zeddy is a major beneficiary of the track swap (Beaumont to Newcastle) given that her lone win to fate was at Newcastle on December 1 last year.
‘’She trialled well and I am very pleased with the way she is going to present on Tuesday,’’ Moore said.
“I think she will run well.
‘’She showed good speed in the trial and the distance is her opportune trip and I wouldn’t think she would have much problem getting across from her barrier.’’
Moore’s remaining Newcastle runner is the handsome three-year-old gelding Prefect Match who steps out for the first time in the Prince Of Merewether Maiden Handicap (1350m).
Prefect Match has trialled no less than seven times with varying degrees of success.
His best finishing position in said trials came as recently as November 8 at Rosehill where he finished runner-up in a fast run 1030m heat.
‘’We decided to hold him up in his last trial,’’ Moore explained. “So he had a good possie just behind the speed and I was very pleased with the way he finished the trial off compared to his previous trial.
‘’He looked great on the track this morning and I think he will run very well on Tuesday.’’
Moore, a champion jockey himself and son of the immortal George Moore, is clearly impressed with the skill of Alysha Collett who was going to make her Beaumont debut today until they ‘changed course’ literally.
That is a stroke of luck for Moore given that Newcastle is Collett’s most successful racetrack in terms of wins here in Australia.
Moore can cap off his own personal ‘Winterbottom week’ with another Saturday winner should Prince Invincible be able to emulate what his stablemate Much Much Better at his most recent outing.
Prince Invincible is scheduled to resume at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday off the back of a compelling second to I Am Power in a Warwick Farm trial last Tuesday morning.