Undoubtedly securing his best racing calendar to date over 2014, Moment Of Change has been confirmed for a trip west to contest the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse on November 22nd.
Securing a commendable race record of seven wins and a further ten minor places from his 26 competitive starts so far, Moment Of Change has registered a somewhat up-and-down preparation through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival; finishing second in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) first-up before failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 30th.
Steadily responding for eighth in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and a credible fifth in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) last weekend, managing owner Rob Slade is confident the Barely A Moment gelding is in the right form to go one better than a close run for second in the 2013 edition of the Winterbottom Stakes this year.
“We feel he ran at least as well as last year and actually ran a faster time,” Slade told TVN of Moment Of Change’s performance in the Darley Classic.
“It was a hot race alright.
“I’m told the locals are smart but not exceptional so he’ll be very competitive we’re hoping.
“History tells us he’s better around a bend so he might have a good few weeks in the west with a bit of luck.”
A standout performer over the spring and summer of 2013, Moment Of Change finished a close second in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) first-up before placing fourth in the Moir Stakes, fourth in the Manikato Stakes and third in the Group 1 VRC Sprint (now Darley Classic) leading into the Winterbottom Stakes.
Pressing through the summer and into the 2014 Autumn Carnival, the gelding out of Europium finished second in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) before claiming impressive back-to-back victories in each of the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).
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