Melbourne’s premier trainer Peter Moody believes he has found to the key to lift My Quest For Peace’s chances in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
My Quest For Peace has struggled to find any form after running a terrific race in last year’s Caulfield Cup when fifth to Dunaden and Moody has been striving to find out why.
The English import finished midfield in last year’s Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington and then had a light Winter campaign with two unplaced runs in Brisbane in the Group 1 $650,000 Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 (1350m) at Doomben and the Group 1 $1.36m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
At his two runs this Spring campaign My Quest For Peace has also failed to impress but Moody is confident that a change in training technique which will see the six year old go into the Caulfield Cup without a run for six weeks will see some improvement.
“This is a very different way of training a horse for the Caulfield Cup but he’s by Galileo and we’re finding this is the best way to train them,” Moody told Racing Network.
“His work has been really good and I’m happy with him heading into the race.”
The step back up to the 2400m after running tenth in the Group 1 $400,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes over1800m at Caulfield on September 21 won’t be a problem for My Quest For Peace who has won up to 2800m in England when he took out the Listed £35,000 March Stakes at Goodwood in August 2012.
The Galileo horse was also successful over 2400m the previous start in winning the Group 3 £60,000 Coutts Glorious Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Top Australian jockey Corey Brown will back aboard My Quest For Peace after riding him in last year’s Caulfield Cup and will fly in from Singapore where his currently riding under contract.
“He rode him in the race last year and he knows the horse, so I’m happy to have him back on again,” Moody said.
My Quest For Peace is currently unwanted in the betting and is a $31 chance in the Caulfield Cup market order.
The Chris Waller trained pair of Hawkspur, $4.80, and Royal Descent, $6.50, head the betting with Silent Achiever at $8 and David Hayes’ import Jet Away at $9.50 with English visitor Dandino rated a $10 chance.