Returning to racing in typically competitive form through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed classy import Moriarty for an appearance in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse and has confirmed leading jockey Nash Rawiller to take the ride.
Securing a commendable race record of 12 wins and a further 12 minor places from his 50 competitive appearances on course so far, Moriarty placed fifth in both the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) first-up this time and sixth in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) on October 4th.
While unable to match the late pace in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th, the Clodovil gelding was blocked for a run late in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) last time out, but recovered to place a credible eighth amongst a particularly field.
Thrilled with the condition of the six-year-old leading into this weekend’s feature race, Racing Manager for Waller, Liam Prior told the West Australian the confirmation of Rawiller for the ride made accepting into the 2014 Railway Stakes final field almost a thoughtless process.
“The availability of Nash, who has a good record on the horse, made it pretty easy to accept,” Prior said.
“We use trials in between their starts a lot here. I went back and had a look at the field, spoke to Chris and we thought he was reasonably well placed.
“Also we needed to decide whether he was going to be forward enough with a 1000m trial or would there be more benefit in him running over a mile.
“He will have a hit-out on Wednesday morning and we will make a final decision from there whether he runs.”
A standout for Waller over the 2014 autumn and winter carnivals, Moriarty placed fourth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and sixth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and continued to work towards fifth place finishes in each of the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and victory in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m); returning for a brief spell after running second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m).
Allocated the wide barrier 19, Moriarty is currently rated a $17 chance for success in the 2014 Railway Stakes, or $4.60 to figure in the places with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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