Trainer Peter Moody has admitted that classy colt Dissident will need a bit of luck when he starts from barrier thirteen in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) tomorrow.
Dissident has been desperately unlucky not to record a win this preparation; finishing second in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m), Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) and Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) before finishing an unlucky sixth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).
Moody told Racing Ahead that it has been a frustrating campaign for the connections of the horse but said he is hopeful that his luck will turn around this weekend.
“He is in great form, he is in great shape and has pleased since he returned from an unsuccessful, but very unlucky campaign, in Sydney,” Moody said.
“He is going to need a lot of luck.
“We will wait and devise tactics as the day goes on and confuse us and everybody else.
“We drew 14 in the Blue Diamond and had no joy, 17 in the Golden Rose and now he has 13.
“It is very disheartening for the owners and all concerned but we have a nice promising colt who continues to improve.”
Luke Nolen will ride Dissident for just the second time in his racing career tomorrow after Tim Clarke rode the colt while he raced in Sydney.
Moody said they had yet to decide on riding tactics for the son of Sebring and will wait until they see how the Caulfield track plays before making any firm decisions.
“There doesn’t appear to be an abundance of speed on paper but we say that before every big races these days,” Moody said.
“Not too many are run at farcical tempos; good horses usually generate an even tempo.
“By that time of the day we hope that barrier 13 is negated a little bit.
“If they are storming down the centre you would probably ride him a little bit patient and have a swoosh or if they are sitting up on speed you might be tempted to push forward like he did in the Golden Rose.
“The beautiful thing about having the feature race as the last race of the day is that you have plenty of time to work out what the track is doing.”
Moody is chasing his second win in the Caulfield Guineas after combining with Nolen to win the 2010 edition of the race with Anacheeva.