Moody Stars To Trial On Monday

By: Thomas Hackett
August 1st, 2013

Peter Moody’s quartet of imported gallopers will make their first public appearance this season in a barrier trial at Cranbourne next week.

Group 1 winner Manighar will trial against a number of talented stablemates at Cranbourne on Monday. Photo by: Steve Hart

Manighar, My Quest For Peace, Sneak A Peek and Kesampour are all set to run over 990 metres on Monday morning as they enter the serious stage of their 2013 Spring Racing Carnival preparations.

Manighar and My Quest For Peace have both had a brief break since returning to Melbourne after competing in the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Triple Group 1 winner Manighar returned to his best form with a gutsy fourth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and finished second in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) despite being checked badly at the beginning of the race.

My Quest For Peace was restricted to sprinting events in Brisbane, after an injury setback forced Moody to change his plans, and he was far from disgraced when finishing seventh in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) before finishing towards the tail of the field in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

My Quest For Peace will return to racing over more appropriate distances during the spring and along with Manighar will be set for the Cox Plate (2040m).

Italian import Sneak A Peek will make his first official appearance at a racetrack since finishing eighth in the Group1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October last year.

The son of Doyen performed fairly in his maiden campaign in Australia and if history is any indication he will return for his second campaign far more suited to Australian racing conditions.

The most interesting runner in the trial could be recent European import Kesampour who was competitive at Group 1 level in France.

The four-year-old entire won the first four races of his career, under the care of Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mikel Delzangles, and went on to run well in the Group 1 Prix Du Jockey Club (2100m) and Group 2 Prix Niel (2400m) before finishing thirteenth in the Group 1 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe (2400m).

Group 1 winner Luckygray will take part in the same trial while Ferlax, Brigantin and Montsegur will appear at the same set of trials on Monday.

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