Moment Of Change Impresses In Jump Out

By: Thomas Hackett
July 29th, 2014

Moment Of Change is on track to return to the races in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes(1200m) at Caulfield on April 16 after he impressed in a jump out at Caulfield this morning.

Moment Of Change scored his third win at Group 1 level in the Futurity Stakes during the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.

Moment Of Change scored his third win at Group 1 level in the Futurity Stakes during the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Moment Of Change contested a jump out over 800 metres and went straight to the lead in the early stages before cruising to a comfortable victory, despite being kept under a heavy hold by regular jockey Luke Nolen.

Managing owner Rob Slade revealed last month that Moment Of Change would likely return to the races in either the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 9 or the Regal Roller Stakes on August 16 and he confirmed this morning that the Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield on August 16 would be the first-up assignment for the Barley A Moment gelding before he returns to Group 1 level in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 30.

“Pete (Moody) has been telling us the horse has come back in great order and could be in for a big spring,” Slade told TVN this morning.

“We will probably go to the Regal Roller first-up then two weeks to the Memsie, but Peter will make that call as he always does.”

Moment Of Change was unable to record a race win during his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, finishing in the placings in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), but returned to winning form when stepped up in trip during his autumn campaign.

The five-year-old scored his second win at Group 1 level when he held off a fast-finishing Eurozone to win the Group 1 Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 8 and he maintained his exceptional record over the 1400 metre course at Caulfield to take out the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on February 22.

Moment Of Change is expected to be set for more 1400 metre events at his home course, including the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 28 and is also a chance of stepping up to a mile for races like the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11 and the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 8.

The rising six-year-old has had 22 race starts for seven wins and has accumulated just over $1.5 million in prizemoney for connections.

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