WA Derby on Moody's radar
Peter Moody is considering a start in the Group One WATC Derby for Monday’s Moonee Valley winner Resume and stablemate Markus Maximus who finished third in the same race.
Resume ($3.50 fav), ridden by Luke Nolen, completed a winning hat-trick in the Members Equity Bank Handicap (2040m) when he scored by a long neck from Sweet Talking Guy with Markus Maximus a head away third.
Reset colt Resume was having only his fourth race start and impressed Moody and Nolen with the way he finished off the race after having to do a bit of work from a wide draw.
“To his credit he really toughed it out. It’s the first time he’s been in that position in a race,” Nolen said.
Pentire gelding Markus Maximus, who had won at his past two starts at Mornington and Sale, was also having only his fourth start.
“They are both in their first preparations and I’ll assess how they pull up before deciding on whether to take both of them, one of them or neither of them to Perth,” Moody said.
The $500,000 WATC Derby (2400m) is at Ascot on April 11.
Ballarat-based jockey Brady Cross, who gave up riding after last year’s Warrnambool May carnival due to weight problems, rode his first metropolitan winner in more than two years when Fivecougarsthanks ($8) won the Slater and Gordon Lawyers Handicap (2040m).
The five-year-old mare completed a winning hat-trick following victories on her home track at Swan Hill and Ararat with Cross in the saddle.
“That was my ninth ride for my sixth win on her. (Trainer) Austy Coffey has done a great job with her,” Cross said.
South Australian country trainer Sam Turner landed his first winner in Melbourne when Sandhill Prince ($9) won the Windsor Management Insurance Brokers Handicap (1600m).
Based at Bordertown, Turner engaged apprentice Billy Egan to replace the injured Dean Holland.
Egan bided his time on the six-year-old who came with a late run to score by a half-head from Roslotta with the favourite All Cheval a nose away third.
Sandhill Prince, who has won 12 of his 47 starts, had run a close second to Bolle over the same track and distance at his previous start.