Charging home to finish a credible fourth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last time out on October 18th, trainer Peter Moody has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Brambles over the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival so far, but has conceded it is likely to take a herculean effort for the talented stayer to overcome the likes of Admire Rakti in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.
Jumping from the gates well in the Caulfield Cup, Brambles settled at the fore of the pack of 18; setting a fair tempo through the running and producing a strong sprint to finish just off the pace of Admire Rakti, Rising Romance and clear favourite Lucia Valentina.
Reportedly taking well to work over the last fortnight, Moody is confident the Savabeel gelding will line up for the Melbourne Cup in peak condition, but is expecting dominance from the international contingent of acceptors.
“He faces a herculean task to try to turn the tables but he will arrive at the post fit and well and he ran fourth in what is traditionally the best lead-up race,” Moody told News Limited.
“He is quite a bold-going horse and I think we erred by not making the pace in the Caulfield Cup, but at the same time, I want to see him a bit more relaxed to run out the two miles of the Melbourne Cup.
“It is going to be a big task.”
Outlining this weekend’s Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) as a possible final competitive hit-out for the six-year-old, Moody said that while not all together pleased with the prospect of the Melbourne Cup heading overseas, the classy international pack should be commended for their efforts in travelling to Australia.
“I am not happy about seeing the prizemoney got out of the country but it is what we have to learn to deal with,” Moody added.
“I know what a massive task it is and I have a great admiration for these horses to come all this way.
“It was only when I was going the other way that I realised how hard it is, so they deserve everything the win but lets’ hope that is not much,” said Moody, who tasted success at Royal Ascot with Black Caviar.
Securing six wins and as many minor places from his 18 competitive appearances on course so far, Brambles won the 2012 edition of the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) before spending two years in the spelling paddock with tendon issues.
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