Michael Moroney will go to Caulfield with high hopes tomorrow as he prepares to resume three of his most talented runners after winter spells.
Three-year-old colt African Pulse will be competing in the Listed Vain Stakes after a short break following his second placing to Jackpot Queen at Flemington on May 21.
Moroney is happy with how the promising colt is progressing.
“We’re pleased with what he’s done,” Moroney said.
“He’s had a couple of jump outs and has just had a very brief break.”
The trainer is choosing to target the early Melbourne spring carnival sprint races for African Pulse.
“He’s a very fast horses and we are sort of here for these early ones,” Moroney said.
“He’s really only a 1,000-1,200 metre horse in our opinion, so that’s why he’s ready early.”
African Pulse will have to contend with the resuming Sepoy in tomorrow’s race.
“It’s a very strong field,” Moroney said.
Despite the quality field, the trainer believes that African Pulse will possess a great deal of residual fitness in the race after having just a short freshen up.
“He only had that short break, we only had him out in the paddock for a fortnight or so, so he hasn’t missed a lot of work,” he said.
“He’s got gate speed and there will be some others that will be able to jump and put themselves on the pace as well but he’s certainly going to be right there in amongst them early.”
Moroney will also be resuming last year’s VRC Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes.
“She’s in very good order,” he said.
“We decided just to start her off over 1,200 metres.
“Just last time in the autumn I think (jockey) Craig (Williams) thought her first up run she just over-raced and was a bit fresh so we thought we’d kick her off over 1,200 metres and then we’ll step to 1,400 after this.
“I think we’ll have to go back a bit from that draw (12) and I would expect her to be in the midfield somewhere.”
Platinum Passion will line up in the last race of the day for Moroney.
The Redoute’s Choice five-year-old is said to have matured during her recent spell.
“(I’m) very happy with her,” Moroney said.
“I really think this is going to be her season.”
“She’s been pretty lightly raced up until now and this time she’s mature and ready to have a full season.
“Her jump outs have been very good. We think we’ve got her (fit) enough for 1,400 metres and that doesn’t look quite as strong a field as say the other two at the meeting.
“She’s got gate speed so I would think from 12 she’d be going forward and racing not far off the speed.”