Thursday, 4 February 2010
Peter Moody is concentrating on winning a Group One double on his home track at Caulfield with Typhoon Tracy in Saturday's CF Orr Stakes and the Futurity Stakes later this month, and if she does she may be bound for England.
Moody took Magnus to England twice with his best result a third to Miss Andretti in the 2007 King's Stand Stakes (1000m) which has given the trainer the desire to go back to the Royal Ascot meeting and win a feature race.
"I hate getting beat anywhere and it's a long way from home and I did it twice - so next time I go I want to be winning so it's certainly something I've got to do - it's on the bucket list," he said.
"I thought she'd be ideally suited to the Golden Jubilee, 1200 metres up the hill at Ascot, but I spoke to (Royal Ascot representative) Nick Smith last Saturday and he indicated she'd be a lovely Queen Anne horse - which is the race Haradasun won.
"But that is a mile (1600m) up that hill and I think the 1200 up the hill might be nice for her.
"But there are a lot of options here and our racing's probably better and our prizemoney is better than most parts of the world so there's just as many good options at home to seriously consider.
"We've counted up 14 Group One races for her between 1200 and 1600 metres, set-weights and penalties, handicaps, weight-for-age or fillies and mares between now and the first week of July, so there's a lot of options and the first two are here at her home track, at 1400 (metres) and a mile that look ideal trips."
The leading trainer has assured punters that Typhoon Tracy, one of the stars of his very much in-form stable, will be spot-on for her first-up assignment in the Orr.
The Red Ransom mare is yet to be beaten in seven starts against her own sex and Moody said that her three defeats, in weight-for-age events last spring, were in races for which she was not specifically set.
"I think the three times she did step outside of her own age and sex, circumstances weren't quite right," he said.
"We were training her for a Cox Plate which was her ultimate goal and she probably went into those races a little bit softer than I'd like to think she is going into Saturday's race.
"She's been such a joy to train, she's never had a problem, seven from 10, not too many build up that sort of record but she is still yet to win away from her own age and sex so that is something we're hoping to break on Saturday."
Moody does not plan for Typhoon Tracy to lead on Saturday but it seems certain she will be in the first three with triple Group One winner Sniper's Bullet and Danzylum the other go-forward runners in the 10-horse field.