Moody’s Group 1 pair entered for Australia Stakes

By: Mark Mazzaglia
January 19th, 2015

Premiership winning trainer Peter Moody has the option of running his Group 1 winners Dissident and Moment Of Change in the Group 2 $200,000 Jeep Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Dissident, above, and stablemate Moment Of Change could clash in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Dissident, above, and stablemate Moment Of Change could clash in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Dissident showed that he was ready to return to the race track with a strong jump out performance at Sandown last Tuesday and Moment Of Change is also ready to resume following a short break after a trip to Petrh at the end of the Spring Carnival.

But Moody won’t commit to a start for either of his stable stars until later in the week.

“I’ll look at the make-up of the race and make a decision then,” Moody told Racing Network.

”I’m mindful, now that Dissident has been sold as a stallion, every race performance counts.

“Moment Of Change is coming off a freshen-up after Perth. We’ll just see how he is as the week unfolds.”

If the pair don’t clash this week in the Australia Stakes, they are likely to meet in the Group 1 $400,000 Sportingbet C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 14 when Moment Of Change is set to defend his 2014 title.

Moment Of Change collected a Caulfield Group 1 double during the 2014 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and as well as wining the C.F. Orr Stakes led all of the way to take out the $500,000 Cathay Pacific Futurity Stakes (1400m).

The Barely A Moment six year old hasn’t been in the winner’s stall from six runs since with his latest effort being a three and a quarter lengths sixth to Magnifisio in the Group 1 $750,000 Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in Perth on November 22.

Dissident became a hot stallion prospect after winning back to back Group 1s in the 2014 Spring with victories in the $400,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and in the $400,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

But the Sebring four year old had to endure a three month ban after suffering a bleeding attack when sixth to Fawkner in the Group 1 $400,000 Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 11.

Dissident is also the winner of the Group 1 $600,000 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival and has a bright future ahead as a stallion when he takes up duties at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley in the Spring.

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