The disappointment of Golden Archer’s defeat in the opening Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview was quickly erased for trainer Peter Moody at Caulfield on Australia Day thanks to stablemate One Last Dance.
The highly rated daughter of Encosta De Lago scored a narrow, but fighting victory over Sydney visitor Anevay ($6) in the $100,000 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m).
One Last Dance ($2.40), who raced greenly over the concluding stages, only prevailed by a short-half head, but winning jockey Luke Nolen said not all went according to plan and her tank was far from empty.
“The win was narrow, but it was soft I think,” the premier hoop said.
“She had a tendency to get in. She sweated up a little bit before the start and I had almost no grip on the reins so I just coaxed her the last bit,” he explained.
“I’ve got a lot of time for her….she’s quite brilliant at home and that win will only bring her on.”
Moody said One Last Dance would definitely back up in the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) on 12 February at Caulfield, but a tilt at a $1m bonus on offer for a clean sweep of the Blue Diamond series was not the lure.
“She’ll need the experience,” he declared. “Fitness isn’t an issue, but she’ll be better for the experience so she’ll be here (for the Prelude) and hopefully continue on her way.”
Third across the line was Graskop ($6.50), a stablemate of Colts & Geldings Preview winner Sepoy, who reeled off the best closing sectionals of the field to get within two lengths of the winner.
Whilst One Last Dance and Golden Archer remain Moody’s leading Blue Diamond contenders, the 2009 winner will bolster his assault over the next fortnight when several unraced entrants debut.