Peter Moody convinced Hi World has makings of a genuine weight-for-age candidate   Leave a comment

Peter Moody convinced Hi World has makings of a genuine weight-for-age candidate

Kerrin McEvoy glides along the rails aboard Hi World. Picture: Getty Images

Kerrin McEvoy glides along the rails aboard Hi World. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

HI World demonstrated why trainer Peter Moody believes the galloper could develop into a weight-for-age star next season with another impressive win at Royal Randwick.

With jockey Kerrin McEvoy controlling the tempo in front, Hi World was never really troubled to win the Group 3 $150,000 Frank Packer Plate (2000m).

McEvoy also believes Hi World has immense potential and said the three-year-old colt is improving with racing.

“He got into a nice rhythm today,’’ McEvoy said.

“I was pretty pleased at the 1200m I was able to get in front and roll along nicely. He settled nicely in front.

“Peter said to me to just take my time and not rush getting to the lead.

“We were a little bit deep through that first crossing but we let them sort themselves out and then went forward.

“I think he will stay further now. He has options to go north if they want to and he could compete up there very well.”

Trainer Peter Moody after Hi World made it two wins for the Randwick carnival. Picture: M

Trainer Peter Moody after Hi World made it two wins for the Randwick carnival. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

Hi World ($2.30 favourite) raced home one-and-a-half lengths clear of Wine Tales ($4.60) with Merion ($3.80) a head away third.

It was the second win of the Randwick carnival for Hi World after his Carbine Club Stakes success on Easter Monday.

Hi World now joins Espinosa (1994), Juggler (1995), Mr Piper (1996), Spurred On (2004) and Fat Al (2012) as recent winners of the Carbine Club Stakes-Frank Packer Plate double.

Moody has a good opinion of Hi World and suggests the young galloper has the talent and tactical speed to make the transition to weight-for-age racing next season.

Hi World and Kerrin McEvoy return to scale. Picture: Mark Evans

Hi World and Kerrin McEvoy return to scale. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

But the champion Melbourne trainer will also be conscious that Hi World has only had four starts this campaign — and seven in total — and is considering giving the colt more race experience in Brisbane during the winter carnival.

Tommy Berry, rider of gallant runner-up Wine Tales, felt the indifferent race tempo did not help his filly’s chances.

“She went well but they just went steady, which made our task harder,’’ Berry said.

Merion’s rider Steve Arnold had a similar lament but was quick to add: “The winner was too good.’’

Slightly Sweet and Kathy OHara make easy work of their rivals. Picture: Mark Evans

Slightly Sweet and Kathy OHara make easy work of their rivals. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

COYLE’S SWEET OUTCOME

THIS was one of the training performances of the autumn carnival — bringing a filly back from a 2000m race to win at Group 3 level in just three weeks.

Trainer Jason Coyle did the near-impossible with Slightly Sweet to claim the Group 3 $150,000 J.H.B. Carr Stakes (1400m).

Slightly Sweet was unplaced in the Vinery Stud Stakes over 2000m at her previousstart but Coyle produced the filly in superb order — and with the sprint back in her legs.

But there were doubters with punters letting Slightly Sweet drift out to $12 but aided by a patient Kathy O’Hara ride she swept past her rivals late to score by nearly a length from Anyaas ($19) with Sebrina ($19) a half length away third.

Coyle said he gave Slightly Sweet plenty of swimming exercise and easy track gallops between runs to freshen her after her Rosehill loss late last month.

“Full credit to the filly,’’ Coyle said.

“We pushed her right out to 2000m and she did a really good job there.

“But her niche though has always been that seven to eight furlongs (1400m-1600m) range.

“She has proved that again today. She had a really good turn of foot there and just sprinted through the gap.

“She hasn’t put a foot wrong, I am very proud of her.”

Kathy O'Hara returns on Slightly Sweet. Picture: Getty Images

Kathy O’Hara returns on Slightly Sweet. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

O’Hara paid tribute to Coyle for his training feat with Slightly Sweet’s winning her fourth race from just eight starts, taking her prizemoney to more than $330,000.

“It is a big drop back in grade for her but she was coming along way back in distance as well which is not easy to do when fifth run back in a preparation,’’ O’Hara said.

“Jason has done a wonderful job and she was primed for today. She is a beautiful filly and she will furnish into a lovely mare.

“I’m still unsure of what her best journey is going to be, she is still learning about things and I just felt 2000m last time at this stage of her career is a fraction too far as she is just not quite furnished enough.”

Slightly Sweet would appear a likely Epsom Handicap contender in the spring but Coyle is not convinced she won’t stretch out over further later in her career.

“There is no reason next preparation she can’t step out over 2000m and try it again when she is more seasoned,’’ Coyle said.

“I’d say she will go to the spelling paddock now. She leaves on a winning note and hopefully will come back even better in the spring.’’

WALLER PICKS UP SCRAPS

IT’S rare for champion trainer Chris Waller not to prepare at least one winner at a Sydney Saturday meeting, particularly during a feature race carnival.

But Waller had to wait for the last race to have some success when Rugged Cross produced a last-to-first win in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1400m).

Ecuador looked set to end Gai Waterhouse’s luckless day after she had Group 1 seconds with Wandjina (All Aged Stakes) and Street Rapper (Champagne Stakes) until Rugged Cross burst through the pack for a last-stride win.

Rugged Cross ($31), brilliantly ridden by Brenton Avdulla, arrived in time to overhaul Ecuador ($6) by a head with Medcaut ($3.30 favourite) a head away third.

Waller had another memorable Randwick carnival highlighted by his Doncaster Mile-Sydney Cup double with Kermadec and Grand Marshal.

Originally published as World at his feet

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Posted April 19, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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