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Herald Sun Form Guide : March 8th 2013
+ + PAGE 40 DHS 8-MAR-2013 FIRST C M YK Moment for glory Newmarket familiar territory for Slade Matt Stewart '' People still don't realise just how good this horse is --- SYNDICATOR ROB SLADE THIS Newmarket Handicap, with a real sense of occasion and a hot favourite, is familiar territory for top syndicator Rob Slade. Back in 2005, Super Satur- day's two major race clashes were so big they were bill- boarded. The Australian Cup bill- boards promoted the clash of Elvstroem and Makybe Diva, who'd run one-two in the pre- vious spring's Caulfield Cup. On a stinking hot day The Diva bolted in and ''Elvis'' ran below par. The Newmarket billboards featured Alinghi and Fastnet Rock, whose mini Festival Of Racing rivalry --- Fastnet Rock had nosed Alinghi out in the Lightning --- had come down to a much-anticipated stoush up the famous Flemington 1200m. Alinghi won that day and Slade snaffled the billboard, which now takes up too much space in his living room. The great mare raced only once more for Slade Bloodstock, running un- placed on a bog track in the T.J. Smith before being sold to US interests. ''She only raced for 18 months. I guess you'd say she was a flashing star,'' says Slade. Alinghi raced twice in the US but the campaign was a bit of a balls-up. She was flat- tened winning first-up over an unsuitable 1710m then ran near-last at Keeneland. Slade has no regrets, but he has vowed this time around, with a horse who might be as good, that if a trip comes up, it will be well executed. If Moment Of Change wins the Newmarket Handicap as the market suggests he should, the world might well be his oyster. A $50,000 travel subsidy, for being the top point scorer in the sprint division of Racing Victoria's G1 Championship, has connections eyeing races the world over. Points are awarded on a 12-6-4-2-1 basis for respective placings from first to fifth, with Moment Of Change trailing only Black Caviar and Mrs Onassis in the Sprinters G1 Championship, both who are absent on Saturday. ''It depends a lot on the horse and it's not something we've discussed a lot but there's a lot of young people in the horse, a few first-time owners, and they'd love noth- ing more than to race at somewhere like Royal Ascot, Hong Kong or Singapore,'' Slade said. ''They are probably the three venues we'd look at and the $50,000 bonus would be a nice head start to making it happen.'' The KrisFlyer Inter- national Sprint is run at Kranji on May 19, a spring- board to the King's Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes, run at Royal Ascot on June 18 and 22. The Hong Kong Inter- national Sprint will be run at Sha Tin on December 8. Slade said Royal Ascot had become a Mecca for Aus- tralia's top sprinters and on top of the bucket list of many owners. ''You just look at the his- tory we have in the race and you'd be mad not to think about it,'' he said. Slade said that despite his status as hot Newmarket Handicap favourite, ''people still don't realise just how good this horse is''. Slade said he went into the 2005 Newmarket confident but also mindful of just one rival, Fastnet Rock. ''Saturday's a bit different because it's a bit of a dive into the unknown with horses like Barakey, Luckygray and the Queenslander Better Than Ready,'' he said. ''But I've got a feeling our bloke might be a little bit too good for them.'' Travel bonus Rod Nicholson Challenger: Mawingo ups the ante. Picture: GETTY IMAGES. INTERNATIONAL races in Hong Kong and Singapore are in the pipeline for the Anthony Freedman-trained import Mawingo. He has already had his inoculations and plans are in place. What will clinch the deal, or ease the costs associated with the trips for the owners, is success in the inaugural G1 Middle Distance Champion- ship series, which culminates with the Australian Cup at Flemington tomorrow. Although the $1 million bonus from Racing Victoria and the TAB for winning all three legs of the champion- ship has evaporated, the $50,000 international travel subsidy remains. On the horizon are Hong Kong's Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) on April 28 and the Group 1 Singapore International Cup (2000m) on May 19. Mawingo is in the hunt for the bonus, having accumu- lated eight points for finish- ing second to All Too Hard in the Orr Stakes (1400m) and fourth in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m), both at Caulfield. Also in the hunt are the Chris Waller-trained Fore- teller (12 points) following his success in the Peter Young; Mr Moet (10) for his third in the Orr and second in the Peter Young, and Wall Street (two) for his fourth in the Orr. RANK HORSE Eq 1 Black Caviar 12 Eq 1 Mrs Onassis 12 Eq 3 Moment Of Change 6 Eq 3 Facile Tigre 6 Eq 5 Golden Archer 4 Eq 5 Spirit Of Boom 4 Eq 7 Satin Shoes 2 Eq 7 Undeniably 2 Eq 9 Go The Knuckle 1 Eq 9 Adebisi 1 RANK HORSE Eq 1 Foreteller 12 Eq 1 All Too Hard 12 3 Mr Moet 10 4 Mawingo 8 5 Budriguez 4 6 Wall Street 2 7 Tanby 1 8 King Mufhasa 1 G1 SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS Standings after leg 2 G1 MIDDLE- DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Standings after leg 2 IP POINTS POINTS 40 RACING FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013 HERALDSUN.COM.AU
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