Moody duo start to set spring agenda

Champion trainer Peter Moody has indicated talented colt Stamina is likely to find Saturday’s Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1000m) at Flemington too short.

Stamina is resuming from a 42-week spell and hasn’t raced over 1000 metres since his debut at Flemington in December of 2012.

But he’s beaten the Group I placed Bull Point and finished second to Arabian Gold as a two-year-old.

“I think the race is probably a touch short for Stamina, but he is being set for races further down the track, and I want to give him a spin around to keep his juices flowing,” Moody said.

Stamina worked 800 metres with Rock Of Caiseal in 54.79 seconds, the last 600 metres in 39.15 seconds.

“He worked with Rock Of Caiseal and I was happy with where he is at,” he said.

Moody will also saddle up Handsome Tycoon in the event after the three-year-old was seen hitting the line strongly over 1100 metres last start.

“He has trained on nicely since his run at Flemington and I think the 1000 metres will suit him,” he said.

“He worked with Cirrus and I think he can be right in the finish on Saturday.”

Handsome Tycoon worked 800 metres with Cirrus in a solid 52.63 seconds, the last 600 metres in 37.89 seconds.

Handsome Tycoon is currently a $4.40 chance to win the race with Sportsbet, while Stamina is a $9 chance to win the race.