Rails Should Not Affect Moriarty in 2014 Kingston Town Classic

December 4th, 2014

Charging into clear favouritism for the year’s final Group 1 feature race following a brave run for third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) last time out, Moriarty was allocated the ideal barrier 3 for Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot Racecourse, but is likely to leave from the rails draw following the removal of the race’s four emergency runners.

Moriarty is likely to leave from the rails draw in the 2014 Kingston Town Classic. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Moriarty is likely to leave from the rails draw in the 2014 Kingston Town Classic. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Registering several impressive results for trainer Chris Waller this year, Moriarty finished a credible fifth in both the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) first-up this time, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run late when sixth in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) on September 20th, responded in the best way possible when taking out the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) just two weeks later.

Confirmed to be partnered by talented Hong Kong-based jockey Douglas Whyte who replaces suspended rider Nash Rawiller, stable representative for Waller Johanne Taylor told Perth Racing the team is confident the Clodovil gelding will overcome the rails line this weekend.

“We are definitely happy with three,” Taylor said.

“He’ll probably come into one with two of the emergencies drawn inside him.

“From there we have options, but we probably don’t want to be on the fence.

“I envision him being around midfield and hopefully there is plenty of speed in the race.

“The way he found the line in the Railway, we couldn’t have asked for more from the horse. It’s what we wanted.”

Securing a commendable race record of 12 wins and a further 13 minor places over his 51 competitive appearances on course so far, Moriarty began his racing career under the guidance of leading Irish trainer Richard Hannon before transferring to the care of Waller at the conclusion of his 2011 preparation.

A standout performer over the 2014 Winter Carnival, the gelding out of Justice System ran fifth in both the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) before charging home to take out the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m); returning to the paddock following a strong second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m).

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