Moonee Valley Racing Club starts a string of four successive Friday night meetings this week and the Club has been given an early Christmas present with boom youngster Moshe set to showcase his talents.
The brother to Australia’s premier sprinter Black Caviar created his own headlines with a devastating six-length victory on debut at Bendigo a fortnight ago when he clocked 56.5sec over 1000 metres.
The three-year-old lines up over the same distance at the Valley in the $30,000 Mayoral Charity Community Plate which promises to be the highlight of a terrific eight race card.
The 0-72 sprint against older horses shapes as an important stepping stone for the regally-bred colt that appears to have the world at his feet.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said his second-up performance under lights would help shape the short term plans for Moshe.
“Tomorrow night will dictate what happens with the horse. We’re not committing to anything until he gets through this run,” Hawkes explained.
Having prepared greats like Lonhro and Octagonal with his father John, Hawkes Jr knows a special horse and whilst he believes Moshe has the right qualities he’s keen to keep a lid on the hype.
“We know he’s got talent, but I prefer to get carried away after their second start, not their first,” Hawkes said when quizzed about the horse’s burgeoning reputation.
The bad news for his rivals at the Valley is that the son of Bel Esprit has benefitted from his debut victory and has drawn perfectly in barrier three.
“The horse is really good. He came through his first up win in good order and has trained on well,” Hawkes said.
Dwayne Dunn will again be in the saddle aboard the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale graduate who is a commanding $1.45 TAB Fixed Odds favourite for the 9.15pm event.
Elsewhere on the program, the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge continues with the fifth heat over the unique 955-metre trip, this time for the three-year-old fillies.
After the first four of 18 heats in the Challenge, trainer Jarrod McLean currently has his hands on the $55,000 Mazda CX9 from the Essendon Mazda with his horse Waltzes the quickest with thus far.
The five-year-old gelding took out heat three on 29 October in a slick 55.62secs before returning to the Valley for a Saturday metro win last weekend.
With rain falling in Melbourne and only six fillies engaged in Friday’s $55,000 feature, it appears unlikely that Waltzes’ time will be bettered this week, but an intriguing race is assured.