2015 Moir Stakes Ideal for Ball Of Muscle

July 5th, 2015

Trainer Joe Pride has been understandably thrilled with the results produced by Ball Of Muscle through his lightly-raced career so far, and has revealed he will aim the rising five-year-old at the 2015 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 2nd.

Ball Of Muscle will be aimed at the 2015 Moir Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Ball Of Muscle will be aimed at the 2015 Moir Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Ball Of Muscle is yet to finish outside the first three throughout his thirteen career starts but undoubtedly announced his racing arrival through an autumn and winter campaign; running second in each of the 3AW Community Raceday Handicap (1000m) and Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) before taking out the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) on May 30th.

The Moir Stakes has been cut back to a running distance of only 1000m in 2015, and Pride believes that will play directly into the strengths of Ball Of Muscle.

“The Moir Stakes is back to 1000 metres this year which is just ideal for him,” Pride told AAP.

“I’ll study the program but he could even go there first-up.

“I was very pleased to see they had changed the distance from 1200 metres.”

Ball Of Muscle debuted to racing for second in a Newcastle minor over 900m in late 2013 and returned to the paddock following an impressive win in the TAB Rewards Plate (1100m) on December 8th.

Winning three of his four starts upon resuming in 2014, the Dubawi gelding again took out his first two starts before placing second in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m) and breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m).

Pride is spoiled for choice with talented sprinters and has revealed Group 1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees are also in great order ahead of the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival.

“I’m in no rush with Terravista, Pride said.

“Everything is aimed at the Darley. It’s the best sprint of the spring.

“Tiger Tees might be coming to the end but we’ll give him another preparation to find out.”

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