Dissident staked his claim for Australian Racehorse of the Year honours on Saturday at Randwick, outlasting a crack field in the All Aged Stakes to collect his fourth Group 1 of the season.
The four-year-old, who also won the Memsie Stakes, the Makybe Diva Stakes and CF Orr Stakes, finished his racing career in perfect fashion and added even more value to his stud profile.
In a race featuring some of the best horses in Australia, Dissident sat off the early pace before staging an epic battle with Wandjina down the Randwick straight and prevailing narrowly, jockey Jimmy Cassidy celebrating as he crossed the line. The $3 favourite Chautauqua was third.
Caulfield trainer Peter Moody was beaming with pride after the race.
“He’s never got the accolades this colt, he’s raced in Group level from day one. He won his first start, won his last. You’re mad if you don’t send a mare to him,” Moody said.
“It’s very fitting – I’ve had the pleasure of retiring three Group 1 winners – Typhoon Tracy, Black Caviar and Dissident. The first two were ‘horse of the years’ – this bloke has put his hand up to be number three. I’m really proud of him.”
It completed a perfect day in Sydney for Moody, who had three winners from three runners, including both Group 1s.
Hi World claimed the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate while Pasadena Girl took out the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.
“It doesn’t get much better than that,” Moody said.
“Pasadena Girl was the 50th (Group 1 winner) for my stable. So a massive thanks to my owners, the last 15 years has been a wonderful ride. It’s tremendous.”