Talented gelding Sir Moments stormed home from the tail of the field to score a most impressive victory in the 2014 Daybreak Lover at Eagle Farm this afternoon.
Sir Moments missed the start and jockey Tim Bell was forced to settle the Choisir gelding at the rear of the field; with the pre-race favourite more than ten lengths from the winner at the 600 metre mark.
Bell got going on Sir Moments coming around the final turn and took the three-year-old to the outside of the field, where he was able to show his terrific turn-of-foot and run down Longma and Liberty’s Choice to claim his second straight win after taking out the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) last weekend.
“I only have one word for the horse and that is wow,” Bell said.
“I didn’t give him the best of rides, due to the fact that I came out of the gate in neutral, but I got him to relax and I never had anything taking me into it.
“I gave him a squeeze at the 500 to see what I had and he just grabbed the bit and pulled me into it.
“As soon as I hit the button on him, it was all over red rover.
“He still wanted to pull up a little bit, but next preparation this horse is going to be something special.
“He is going to run all day and whatever you put this horse in, he will continue to improve.”
Trainer Steven O’Dea said earlier in the week that he may opt to skip the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival with Sir Moments in order to give the three-year-old a lengthy stint in the spelling paddock, but the impressive Daybreak Lover victory has the rising trainer second guessing his plans with the quality gelding.
The Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) during the 2015 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is already on the agenda for Sir Moments, but O’Dea said that he may have a look at some feature races in the spring.
“He is the sort of horse that you could train him for anything, especially when he strengthens up constitution wise, and he could definitely get over a trip,” O’Dea said.
“If you gave him a sprinters prep I think that he could sprint and if you gave him a stayers preparation I think that he would get over ground.
“I have thrown around the idea of being able to give him a nice break this next time and set him for the Villiers, but we might look at something a little bit stronger, a little bit earlier than that.
“We are trying to look big picture with this horse and he is still on the way up.
“Hopefully next year we can be here again.”