Peter Moody will wait until Saturday morning before deciding if he will start his two mares Aliberani and Mumbeilly in the ADAPT Austalia BM89 Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley tomorrow.
Aliberani and Mumbeilly ran the quinella on Wednesday at Sandown in the 1800m BMW Handicap and Moody strongly hinted that he would take the unusual step of sending them around again on the weekend.
“They both did a good job. In fact they did that good a job you might see them again in the same race on at the Valley on Saturday,” Moody said after Wednesday’s race.
“I know these are testing conditions but they only went even time for the first three-quarters of the race.
“Maybe we’ll match them up again and have another go.”
Moody said that both mares were very fit and even though the conditions at Sandown were heavy, he expected then to pull up okay.
“You would never consider backing up horses that might be a bit soft in condition but both mares are very hard in condition and wet conditions will probably prevail on Saturday.” Moody said.
Moonee Valley was today rated a slow 7 for tomorrow and has seemed to have missed the deluge that eastern Victoria has received over the last couple of days.
Aliberani will be going for her third win on the trot after winning in the heavy at Sandown the start before as well while Mumbeilly gets her chance to be rewarded for her consistent form after being placed at her last three starts.
In a complete reversal, Luke Nolen who rode Mumbeilly on Wednesday when runner up will switch to Aliberani while apprentice Jake Duffy will ride Mumbeilly after winning on Aliberani at Sandown.
Aliberani heads the market tomorrow at $3.60 while Mumbeilly has been marked a $5 chance with Dean Binaisse’s mare Moreau splitting the Moody pair at $4.