Moody’s mile query on Lightsaber
Peter Moody has a similar question about his own horse in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas as he does of the two hot favourites for Saturday’s race.
Moody’s horse Lightsaber, as well as Godolphin colt Anamoe and the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Artorius, are among eight of the 15 runners who have not previously raced at 1600m.
“He’s going to be forward and make his own luck but he, like most of this field, has got to see out a strong mile,” Moody said on his podcast, Moody On The Mic.
“Anamoe and Artorius are the two best horses in this race; are they going to see out a strong mile?
“That’s probably going to be the question mark here.”
Moody conceded he has more faith in Anamoe than Artorius at the distance, but feels the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Forgot You, who won the G2 Stutt Stakes at The Valley a fortnight ago, looms as the horse most likely.
“Daniel Moor on Forgot You, if he can tag a horse like Anamoe everywhere he goes, it’s the horse that’s going to be strongest through the line,” he said.
“Lightsaber is probably going to be four or five lengths ahead of those horses on the turn (and) if he sees out a strong mile, he’s going to give himself his chance.
“I think for that fact he is an excellent each-way hope in the race.”
Moody will also unleash two first starters in the opening race on the program on Saturday, including Brereton, who like Lightsaber is a colt by Zoustar and indeed named after the five-time day, five-time night premiership player from Hawthorn, Dermott Brereton.
“He’s a bloody nice colt, he’s prepped up well for this and I expect him to run extremely well,” Moody said.
“I also have another nice colt in the race called Taycan, a son of Sebring, he’s not as sharp as Brereton and he’s one that’ll be strong and running through the line late.”
Nickajack Cave, originally purchased to run in last year’s Melbourne Cup, will have just his second Australian start in the G1 Might and Power Stakes, where finishing within half a dozen lengths of Zaaki will be considered a pass mark by Moody.
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