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Stamina Back but Spring the Focus

Exciting Peter Moody-trained three-year-old resumes from injury at Flemington

Peter Moody has bigger plans in store for Stamina who resumes from injury in Saturday’s $80,000 Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1000m) at Flemington.

Last seen defeating subsequent Group 3 winners Bull Point and Savvy Nature over 1400m at Rosehill in August last year, the son of Sebring hasn’t raced since after suffering a suspensory tendon injury.

Already with an eye towards the Spring, Moody said he was planning to give the colt a freshen up following the first up run.

“I’m hoping he might develop into a Toorak Handicap (1600m) type of horse,” Moody said.

“He’s probably a bit big and he’ll probably find tomorrow’s race a bit short but it’s just a good race to kick him off and get the juices flowing.

“I’ve always had a good opinion of this horse and still do.”

Drawn barrier four for jockey Daniel Stackhourse, Stamina is one of two runners in the event for Moody who also has Handsome Tycoon.

Set to begin from gate five for Luke Nolen, the son of Not A Single Doubt is the favoured of Moody’s duo with TAB at $5 ahead of Stamina at $11.

Though he doesn’t believe Handsome Tycoon has the class of his stable mate, Moody said he appears by the clear pick over 1000m.

“Class can take you a long way but Handsome Tycoon looks the one really well placed in the race,” he said.

“He’s fit, in-form and is going really well.”

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