Moloney’s strong form continues with Snappy Esprit   Leave a comment

Moloney’s strong form continues

  • Conor Ryan
Patrick Moloney and Snappy Esprit

Patrick Moloney and Snappy Esprit

Patrick Moloney proved his maiden Group win on Friday night was no fluke, backing it up with an early double at Bendigo on Golden Mile Race Day.

Moloney steered Mark Kavanagh’s pesky five-year-old Oltre Finito to victory in the firstand followed it up with a front-running win on Snappy Esprit for Danielle Chapman inRace 3.

The 21-year-old came to Bendigo full of confidence, having claimed the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night aboard Chill Party for Tom Hughes.

Kavanagh said he was happy to see Moloney on board on Saturday.

“In this industry or any sport, confidence is a great thing,” Kavanagh said.

“He’s on fire at the moment. Last night would’ve made him feel bulletproof today.”

Though Oltre Finito has a reputation for being difficult – and did its best to throw Moloney off prior to the race – the pair navigated the race in sync.

Moloney said he knew what to expect.

“A lot of jocks in the room warned me earlier about riding him,” Moloney said.

“He’s got a few quirks but he has ability. It’s all about getting his head in the right space.

“Today he did and he got the job done.”

WATCH: Moloney start the day with a win aboard Oltre Finito

Kyneton trainer Chapman was another rapt with Moloney’s form after he piloted Snappy Esprit to victory in the 1000m Sutherland Property Handicap with a well-judged effort in front.

“That was the plan to go forward and let them catch him,” Chapman said.

“Patrick’s riding fantastic. He certainly did a great job for us today.”

Snappy Esprit, a three-year-old son of Bel Esprit, was making his third start and bounced back well from a disappointing showing at Moonee Valley last month.

Moloney said the horse had plenty improvement in him.

“He’s obviously had a few issues, but (Danielle) prepared him excellent for today,” he said.

“He shot to the front easy enough, pricked his ears and lobbed along for me. The more I asked him the more he gave me.

“He was getting a little bit leg-weary on the line but he was all too good for them today.

“Probably later on down the track, once he learns how to relax, he should find a couple more lengths.”

WATCH: Snappy Esprit’s front-running win

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Posted March 22, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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