Crack colt Dissident will chase the Sydney Group One Guineas double after his outstanding win in Saturday’s Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Overcoming a wide barrier and a tough run, Dissident scored a narrow, but decisive win over the race favourite El Roca in the most courageous Group One win of the season.
Sent out at healthy odds despite a strong last start win in the Group Two Hobartville Stakes, Dissident looks beaten at the furlong but wouldn’t lay down, finding plenty under the urgings of Jim Cassidy to win.
“He is a high quality colt,” trainer Peter Moody said. “We saw his efforts in the spring around Zoustar.”
“He was wide and had a hard run in the Golden Rose, just got nutted and probably was over the top when he got to Melbourne.”
“He has come back a stronger colt, one of the best of his age in the country.”
“He deserves it this horse. He has been at the top the whole way through. It is fitting that he now has a feature Group One on his resume,” the champion trainer added.
Moody said Dissident would head to the Rosehill Guineas, a race he’s always had earmarked for his crack colt.
Connections would use the Rosehill Guineas as a decision race – to decide whether to head to the AJC Derby or come back in trip for the Doncaster.
In a great result for Gold Coast based thoroughbred sales company Magic Millions, four of the first five runners over the line in the three-year-old feature were graduates of their sales.
Eurozone (third), Teronado (fourth) and Hooked (fifth) spaced the rest of the field in top class runs.
A son of former Magic Millions graduate and Golden Slipper winner Sebring, Dissident was purchased by Moody for a big group of owners for $210,000 from the Widden Stud draft at the 2012 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
With three wins and five placings from just 11 runs, Dissident has earned over $911,000 and the future looks bright for the stakes winning two and three-year-old at distances from 1000 to 1600 metres.
His dam, the Anabaa mare Diana’s Secret, won two races in Melbourne and earned black type with a second placing in the Hill Smith Stakes in Adelaide before being retired to stud.
Diana’s Secret, who is from the winning Western Symphony mare Palace Scandal, like Dissident and Sebring was also sold at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Palace Scandal is a daughter of the three time group winning In the Purple mare A Palace Gossip and is a half sister to Sydney stakes winner Mountbank.
It is the same family as Group One South African Guineas winner World News, kiwi stakes winners Jonbalena and Belthazar and Brisbane based Dane Ripper Stakes winner Vietnam.