Moment Of Change breaks G1 duck

| February 20, 2014
Luke Nolen riding Moment of Change defeats Damien Oliver riding Eurozone in the C.F.Orr Stakes.

Luke Nolen riding Moment of Change defeats Damien Oliver riding Eurozone in the C.F.Orr Stakes.

Black Caviar’s former trainer and rider combined with perennial bridesmaid Moment Of Change to win the Group 1 Orr Stakes at Caulfield.

They scored again with A Time For Julia in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes. Moody also added the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes with Spirits Dance, with Vlad Duric in the saddle.

Moment Of Change ended a run of outs with an all-the-way win.

Giving trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen their fourth success in the past five editions of the famous weight-for-age race, Moment Of Change held on to beat Sydney colt Eurozone by a short half-head.

Moment Of Change had been out of the major money since his win in the 2012 Group One Rupert Clarke Stakes.

But he posted four elite-level placings last year and Moody was certain he found the right race on Saturday.

“He’s been a fraction behind all prep but we were confident he was forward enough for today,” Moody said.

The victory also provided a change of fortune for Moody and jockey Luke Nolen, the trainer and jockey combination who achieved racing fame with unbeaten racemare Black Caviar.

“It’s been a frustrating 12 months but there hasn’t been a lot of disappointment because we didn’t have that much expectation,” Moody said.

Eurozone charge late to make the result interesting while Cox Plate winner Shamus Award ran out of condition before taking the minor placing.

The overdue win by Moment Of Change, who has run placings in so many Group 1 races behind the ilk of Black Caviar and Buffering, was appropriately named. It was a time for a change of luck for the horse, trainer and jockey.

Moody said he has not won a Group 1 since Easter last year when the undefeated champion sprinter Black Caviar won.

However, the win was his fourth in the past five years in the Orr – won twice previously by Typhoon Tracy and Black Caviar before yesterday’s success.

“It has been frustrating when you get beaten in Group 1s like we have fairly often recently.

“It is always frustrating when you don’t win, but we have not had great expectations because we haven’t had the right ammunition since last Easter (Black Caviar).

“This horse is not a superstar but he has had three runs over 1400m and is undefeated,” Moody said.

He said the five-year-old, who took his career record to six wins and nine placings from 20 starts and prizemoney past $1.25 million, now would head to the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

A Time For Julia dominated the Bellmaine, giving Moody consecutive wins in the race after There’s Only One saluted last year.

He said she would likely head to Adelaide for more Group races during their coming carnival.

Nolen, who took an extended five-week holiday over Christmas, said he was delighted to be back on Group winners as he regained form and fitness leading into the major carnival races.

“It doesn’t matter how hot it is, it is always great to ride Group winners,” he said.



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