Hawkesbury, Moree previews: Trainer Gary Moore looking to serve up an early double
Flashy filly Light Up My World is perfectly placed to lead in an early race-to-race double for Arc de Triomphe winning jockey now Group 1 trainer Gary Moore.
The Arrowfield-bred filly seeks an early shedding of her maiden in Thursday’s opener at Hawkesbury while the welcome stable recruit, Spicy Restaurant, has conditions tailor-made for his somewhat overdue but clearly well-earned first win in the subsequent race.
Light Up My World is a granddaughter of High Chaparral out of a mare named Readings who won up to 2500m and contested the 2013 Adelaide Cup.
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Keagan Latham partners Light Up The World on Thursday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
It has only taken two starts for Light Up My World to express her own ‘classic’ and future staying credentials, one for her original trainer, John O’Shea, and the most recent for Moore in a 1300m midweeker at Warwick Farm on April 28.
“She will appreciate the step up to 1500m from her first run this time in,” Moore said.
“She was (ridden) too close at Warwick Farm and got caught deep. If you go back to her good run at Kembla Grange, it augurs well for her to run a very good race on Thursday.
“She had a good blow after the race too so it was a very good run for her first time back.”
With iconic stallions like English Derby winner Generous and the Arc winner Vaguely Noble close in her family, it is only a matter of time before Light Up My World transitions into a middle-distance filly/mare.
“That’s the plan we want to implement with her,” Moore said.
“Try and get her out in distance and hopefully she can win a stakes race.”
The aforementioned Spicy Restaurant has himself already contested two stakes races as well as the Inglis Challenge in his 11 starts and despite not having yet won a race, he has a C.V better than most maidens.
Lee Magorrian takes the ride on Spicy Restaurant for Gary Moore. Photo: David Moir/AAP ImageSource:AAP
“He is a really nice acquisition to the stable and he came to me in a very good state,” Moore said.
“He had a habit of missing the start so I jumped him out last week and he jumped cleanly which was good for Thursday, let’s hope he does the same thing at Hawkesbury.”
The son of Poet’s Voice is credited with a second to the 2021 County Championship Final runner-up Another One, a fourth in The Bopper’s record breaking Inglis Challenge race at Scone and a creditable two length sixth in the Listed BRC Phoenix Stakes at Doomben.
“I saw him one day at Canberra, he missed the start by five or six lengths and got beaten a head – it was an enormous run.
“I am quite confident that he is going to break with them on Thursday and I think he will give the favourite a good run for its money.”
This October 4 will mark the 40th anniversary of Moore’s win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Gold River, 22 years after his legendary father George won on St Crespin.
Incredibly, both winners were trained by the great Alec Head.
Gold River was owned by the sweet smelling, Jacques Wertheimer, the President of Chanel.
PROSSER HAS FAITH ON SONNY CAN BREAK THROUGH
Colt Prosser aims to return home from Moree to his mid-north coast base at Wauchope on Thursday with three winners in the float including his mother’s beloved gelding My Sonny’s Faith.
The son of Pauline’s Dancer was bred by Debbie Prosser who knew the mare’s talent first hand having trained her in her brief but mildly spectacular career which opened with a booming three length win on debut Taree.
My Sonny’s Faith is his dam’s seventh foal, all of the previous six offspring have won with a combined tally of 18.
My Sonny’s Faith gets his chance to raise both numbers by one when he resumes in the Mehi Maiden Handicap (1200m).
“It’s just probably going to be too short for him, they might just run him off his legs at Moree but I expect him to be running home well, he’s been working okay but it is just going to be short of his best distance,” Colt Prosser said.
Trainer Colt Prosser is hoping for a Moree treble on Thursday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
“It is a nice big track though; he should get his chance to stretch out late.
“As far as ability-wise, he is definitely as good as the others in the race. Once he gets out over a bit of trip now that he has matured, he is going to be a nice little horse down the track.”
Prosser has two other runners at Moree, namely Prince Of Troy and the speedy Bonnie Joy.
Prince Of Troy, a son of the noted duffer Sepoy, showed a glimpse of his old form when beaten a neck at Port Macquarie on April 26.
“It was good to see him back his best,” Prosser said. “I won a Grafton Guineas Prelude with him last prep but he is just one of those horses that needs to be on top of the ground and we’ve had no luck with him trying to keep him on good tracks.
“That’s why I am going to Moree.”
As for Bonnie Joy, Prosser has found an ideal race for Bowness Stud bred mare (wide barrier aside) whose best numbers are between 900m and 1000m.
“You don’t have to draw great over there at the 950m, it’s a nice big straight so everything gets their chance,” said Prosser.
Originally published asHawkesbury, Moree previews: Restaurant to Light Up for Moore
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