Moment of Change will hunt a Group One win over the spring carnival after the gelding scored a record breaking win in Saturday’s listed Show County Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm.
Trainer Peter Moody said the Epsom Handicap and even the Cox Plate in October could be future targets for the highly talented son of Barely a Moment.
First up from a spell, Moment of Change much too good, sitting off the speed before coming with a well time run under Peter Robl to win by a widening length and a quarter margin.
“I’m very happy with the win,” Moody said from Moonee Valley. “I see they ran a race record as well.”
“I was particularly pleased with how he settled just behind them – they was the plan and Peter (Robl) rode him perfectly.”
“We’ll step him up to seven furlongs now and look at the Tramway or the Theo Marks.”
“I’m very open minded about where we might head with him. I liked the way he settled and we’d certainly look at a race like the Epsom and he’s also entered for the Cox Plate.”
“We’ll head to his next start over seven (furlongs) and then decide about the rest one race at a time.”
“He’s a really nice horse though and he will come on from the run.”
Moody said he wasn’t too concerned about his quality performer on affected ground.
“He ran third on a heavy track in good grade during the autumn,” Moody said. “It was just that I didn’t want to run him first up on a wet track with his whole campaign in mind.”
Moment of Change is turning out an exceptional money spinner for his connections following his purchase by Rob Slade of Slade Bloodstock for $50,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale.
With four wins from just seven starts, Moment of Change has won $165,388.
One of two stakes winners by Cornerstone Farm’s Barely a Moment, Moment of Change is the first runner to date for the Perth placed mare Europium and was bred and sold by Western Australia’s Sovereign Thoroughbred Stud.
A daughter of Metal Storm, Europium is a half sister to the Belmont Guineas and Boulder Cup winner Mr Diagnosis. Her dam, and Moment of Change’s second dam, Kosleta earned black type with a win in the listed RJ Peters Stakes.
Other Western Australian Group winners in the pedigree include Daring Smile and Spirit Lady.
Winner: Moment of Change
Breeding: Barely a Moment-Europium (Metal Storm)
Race: ATC Show County Handicap LR (1200m)
Sold for: $50,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale
Vendor: Sovereign Thoroughbreds
Buyer: Slade Bloodstock
Owner(s): Slade Moment Synd (Mgr: R Slade), J Barnett, D Whelan, H Sonnenberg, DTK Synd (Mgr: L Crellin), G Neradovsky, A Davis, R Cook & A Kheir
Trainer: Peter G Moody (Caulfield)