Club Command To Make Sydney Racing Debut In Razor Sharp Handicap

Peter Moody-trained Club Command is on track to make his Sydney racing debut after being included in the nominations for the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1150m) that will be run at the Randwick Kensington track this Saturday.

Peter Moody could have both Club Command and Kneeling in the Razor Sharp Handicap field at Randwick on Saturday.

Peter Moody could have both Club Command and Kneeling in the Razor Sharp Handicap field at Randwick on Saturday. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Club Command has raced exclusively in Victoria since making his debut in 2011 but has been based in Sydney since returning from the spelling paddock in October.

The Commands gelding appears to have thrived at the Randwick stable of Moody; winning a barrier trial over 740 metres on November 21 by an impressive four lengths before producing another strong performance in a trial over 727 metres at the same venue on December 2.

Club Command will be chasing his first victory at Listed level in the Razor Sharp Handicap this weekend, after finishing second in the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) at Caulfield on March 23 and third behind Speediness in the Listed Pink Ribbon Cup (1400m) on April 20 during his autumn campaign.

Moody could have two runners in the Razor Sharp Handicap after talented mare Kneeling was also included in the nominations for the Listed event.

Kneeling raced at Group 1 level when owned by Patinack Farm during the 2011 Spring Racing Carnival, finishing seventh behind glamour mare Atlantic Jewel in the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield, and has performed consistently since joining Moody’s stable in June.

The Encosta De Lago mare scored a dominant two and a half lengths victory in her first start for Moody in the Sky Racing World Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on June 19 and made it two from two with a narrow victory in the XXXX Handicap (1300m) at the Sunshine Coast on June 29.

After a brief freshen up she returned to the races with a second place finish behind Henwood in the Melbourne Signage Concepts Handicap (1200m) and was far from disgraced, finishing sixth behind Octavia, when stepped back up in class for the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 17.

The five-year-old was sent to Adelaide for the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) on August 24 and was denied her second black type victory, after taking out the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m), by a fast-finishing Golden Penny.

The Razor Sharp Handicap has drawn a strong field; with veteran gelding Zaratone, the resuming Aeronautical, talented Darley colt Safeguard and the consistent Heart Testa all included in the nominations for the Listed event.

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