Top Melbourne trainer Peter Moody took a step to emulating his 2009 deeds when Dissident (Sebring) over-ran his opposition to claim Saturday’s Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for colts and geldings at Caulfield.
Moody won the males’ edition of the Blue Diamond Preview with Reward For Effort on debut four years ago before the colt went on to claim the $1 million main event two starts later.
The trainer has not nominated Dissident for the 2103 Blue Diamond Stakes but his debut performance all but convinced Moody to pay the $55,000 late entry fee to start the impressive son of Sebring on February 23.
Dissident came from near last to run down Kuroshio (Exceed And Excel) in the final 50 metres to give Sebring his maiden stakes success as a sire but it could be convincingly argued the winner’s stablemate Thermal Current should have been the rightful victor.
Jockey Vlad Duric gave Dissident an uninterrupted passage around the field from the 600 metres while Luke Nolen had no luck getting Thermal Current into clear running rounding the home turn.
A subsequent check at the 250 metres cost Thermal Current his chance of winning the race but he emphasised his misfortune with an impressive finishing burst in the final stages of the race.
“They are two very nice colts going forward to the (Blue) Diamond,” Moody said.
“He (Thermal Current) ran very well for third. He had no luck at all Thermal Current and arguably should have won the race comfortably.”
Dissident defeated Kuroshio by a neck while Thermal Current finished three-quarters of a length further back in third. The colts and geldings completed the 1000 metres in 58.11 second with the field running its last 600 metres in 34.72 seconds on a good (3)-rated track. Dissident started at $15 on track but paid $14.40 on the Victorian TAB.
Moody stuck to the old adage of never making plans on raceday, preferring to assess Dissident before deciding whether to progress deeper into his initial racing campaign, adding the two-year-old’s lack of maturity could be a telling factor.
“We’ll weigh that (paying a late entry fee) up in time,” Moody said. “Obviously, we have got to pay a late entry but he might faint and go home and be in the paddock.
“I always thought he was probably not going to be ready. He’s been one of our immature two-year-olds and we saw that in his race manners here today.”
Moody paid $210,000 for Dissident at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. The youngster repaid $72,000 of that amount for his owners - Mr P G Moody, One For The Boys, Mr O P Egan, Wheninrome, Mrs A Hunt, Mr S J Hunt, Mrs C A Corcoran, Eaglerise, Mr R K Hamer, Mr J A Mazzarella, Mr M Notarfrancesco.
Dissident and Vlad Duric on the outside defeat Kuroshio and Kerrin McEvoy on the inside, picture Sportpix.com.au