Black Caviar’s baby brother Moshe bounced back to winning form with a comfortable success over 1000m at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Moshe blotted his copybook for the first time at his previous start in the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m) at Rosehill, but he had no trouble with the lesser horses in this easier assignment.
Jockey Dwayne Dunn parked Moshe on the back of the early leaders before he eased the son of BEL ESPRIT into clear running approaching the home turn.
Moshe laid in a touch in the straight before getting the upper hand on his rivals to score a strong win over Commanding Time, who ran on fairly well in the straight.
The win was Moshe’s third in four starts but his co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said the colt was unlucky to suffer from comparisons to his undefeated star sister.
“I was probably glad he only just won, rather than by five or six (lengths),” said Hawkes, who trains Moshe in partnership with his father John and brother Michael.
“It’s not his fault he’s Black Caviar’s brother, something has to be Black Caviar’s brother.”
While Hawkes was keen to keep a lid on the hype surrounding Moshe, he did note the 3YO showed improved racing manners.
“He has just been a really immature horse,” Hawkes said. “He never raced until he was three, the other filly (Black Caviar) didn’t race until she was three either. Maybe it is just in their breed.
“He jumped pretty cleanly tonight. He jumps sideways but tonight he was pretty clean so he is getting better and he has plenty of improvement left in him.”
Enjoyed ANZ Bloodstock News’ take on the race too: “Moshe duly landed the odds but he gave those that took the short-price a little cause for concern when he was being ridden along into the straight. Moshe found something to reach the lead and then go clear and he can do no more than win.”
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Globalwarmnsceptic’s owners might not have been so sceptical after their horse proved to be very hot at Morphettville on Saturday, taking out the Betfair Handicap (1000m) in scorching fashion.
This was the 4YO’s third win from five outings and he is clearly above average.
Out of the Export Price mare, Shirley’s Toy, Globalwarmnsceptic was bred by Kirkliston Stud which passed in the horse at the 2008 Adelaide Magic Millions and decided to race.
It may well turn out to be a very wise move!
Kirkliston Stud is based in the Adelaide Hills and, according to its website, the managing partner – John Thompson – is a relative newcomer to the industry, but has had a lifetime interest in thoroughbred breeding: His (John’s) maternal great-great-grandfather donated the land for what is now the Oakbank Race Course and his maternal grandfather was on the committee of Onkaparinga Racing Club (Oakbank) until his death in the late 1950s. On the paternal side, in the United Kingdom, John's great-grandfather was trainer to the Duke of Norfolk in the late 19th century.
Have to say that the Fast and Furious Handicap over 1200m at Malaysia’s Penang racetrack was very well named!
Watching the YouTube video of the race was enlightening to say the least and the ride of Bel Ringer’s jockey was … well, the Bel Esprit 5YO won and he won convincingly.
Now the winner of three races (two of them in Singapore since leaving our shores in 2008) and two placings from 16 starts, Bel’s Ringer is out of the Zoffany mare Let It Ring and was bred by Lauriston Thoroughbreds at Corinella.