Peter Moody colt displays considerable Stamina to reel in his rivals…
PROMISING colt Stamina will be given the opportunity to race up to his name after a most impressive last-to-first win in the Rosehill Gardens Handicap (1400m).
Stamina overcame a slow start and an interrupted run to finish over the top of his rivals to score in the manner of a colt that can get over further.
Stamina might be bred on sprinting lines being 2008 Golden Slipper winner Sebring but champion trainer Peter Moody has identified the three-year-old as his potential Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) next month.
Moody’s Sydney stable representative Claire Cunningham confirmed Stamina will be tested at 1600m next in the Spring Stakes.
“That was a huge run,” Cunningham said after Stamina’s fast-finishing win.
“I wasn’t too worried when he came out behind them but when he got held up, that was a concern because this horse need to build momentum.
“But he really hit the line well and he’s a horse that is still improving.”
The betting market told a tell-tale story pre-race when there was big money for Stamina, who firmed from $6 into $3.90 favouritism while Bull Point eased from $3.60 to $5.
Stamina burst between runners in the straight and ran down Bull Point to win by a half head with Savvy Nature ($5.50) an eye-catching third, a half length away.
Jockey Josh Parr has been singing Stamina’s praises at trackwork and his opinion was vindicated.
“I’ve got a lot of time for this horse,” Parr said.
“He has been working every bit as good as Dissident on the track.
“I’ve been confident with this horse the last two or three weeks so it was pleasing to win on him.”
Parr admitted Stamina’s slow getaway surprised him but his confidence soared when the colt relaxed well back in the field.
“He came out sluggishly – I’m not sure what the go was there,” Parr said. “Normally he jumps out and travels well.
“But if can settle as well as he did today when he gets over further, it will really help him.
“It takes a lot of ability for a horse to make one run and win. When you have a horse that has to stop and start two or three times a race and they still win they are usually better than average.”
Moody’s Sydney satellite stable at Rosehill has been very successful since the trainer opened here 18 months ago but he is about to have an even bigger presence in NSW racing.
Cunningham said Moody will close his 10-box Rosehill stables today and move into a 24-horse complex at Royal Randwick.