Moriarty Capable of 2015 Doomben Cup Success

May 8th, 2015

A talented field has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), however trainer Chris Waller is confident classy veteran Moriarty is more than capable of posting a second win at the highest level of racing.

Chris Waller is pleased with the condition of Moriarty ahead of the 2015 Doomben Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Chris Waller is pleased with the condition of Moriarty ahead of the 2015 Doomben Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

A strong and consistent performer for Waller since arriving in his care from British trainer Richard Hannon in 2011, Moriarty was unlucky to finish in the minors in several Group 1 feature races but finally broke through for the elusive win in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) during the Perth Summer Carnival in December.

Having been unable to figure when tenth in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) following a brief freshen-up a fortnight ago, Waller is thrilled with the condition of the Clodovil gelding and revealed the stayer has been set for this race.

“He was off the track in the Hollindale Stakes and you just can’t do that at the Gold Coast,” Waller told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“You seem to spend all your time making up ground and then when you straighten the leaders have kicked and you are still trying to make up ground.

“I wouldn’t worry about that and after he won the Group 1 in Perth he was set specifically for this race and that’s always a big plus when you concentrate on a certain race.”

Waller has included a total of five of his stable stars in the 2015 Doomben Cup field, with Foreteller, I’m Imposing, Weary and Hawkspur all confirmed to line up on Saturday.

“Foreteller has been set for this race as well as has I’m Imposing and the way he is racing you wouldn’t think he is a nine-year-old,” Waller said.

“I can’t split the three of them and the other two aren’t without a chance either.

“Hawkspur’s run in the Hollindale was terrible. We even contemplated turning him out but he has pulled up well and he has worked well since so we will box on and just that it was an off day.

“Weary won first-up over 1200m in a weight-for-age race and his next run wasn’t too bad but he has lost a bit of interest since then.

“He certainly has the class and he is no stranger at Group 1 level and he just needs to get back in winning form.”

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