Alabama Express heads to Australian Guineas

The Mike Moroney trained three-year-old Group 1 winning colt Alabama Express was not accepted on Wednesday for the Group 1 WFA Futurity Stakes (1400m) with the stable preferring to wait for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on February 29th.

Alabama Express stepped up to elite level when winning the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on February 8th. The colt had barrier ten, raced wide through the trip and always looked to have the race in hand under Michael Dee. In the spring he was a listed winner of the Gothic Stakes over the same distance and course.

The stable reported on Wednesday that Alabama Express had come through 'his C F Orr Stakes heroics in great order'.

The other three-year-old Group 1 winner nominated for the Futurity Stakes, Anthony Freedman's Super Seth, was accepted and is the current second favourite with TAB at $2.90 to the New Zealand mare Melody Belle (NZ) at $2.70.

Alabama Express (right) winning the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield, picture