2016 Moir Stakes First-Up for Extreme Choice

July 26th, 2016

Trainer Mick Price has revealed that rising three-year-old Extreme Choice will contest the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley first-up, during the forthcoming Spring Carnival.

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice will be set for the 2016 Moir Stakes first-up. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice will be set for the 2016 Moir Stakes first-up. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Extreme Choice stormed onto the Australian racing scene as a two-year-old; culminating in an impressive and dominant win in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 27th.

Having failed to overcome a poor start when eighth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens last time out on March 19th, Price said the colt has taken plenty of benefit and condition from his time away from racing and should find the 2016 Moir Stakes primed for success.

“He was a neck slow and then got pressure from the outside in and the inside out, which had him on the wrong leg for the first half of the race,” Price told Racing Victoria of the Golden Slipper.

“The whole race was just a disaster.

“I think he looks fantastic and he looks as though he’s made the transition from being a running, slight two-year-old to a grown-up, robust three-year-old which is a transition that he had to make.

“He had a good spell after the Golden Slipper and I’ve got plenty of time to get ready for the Moir.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Extreme Choice immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow with a dominant performance for a two length win in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) on December 12th.

Backed into clear odds-on favouritism in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) first-up this year, the Not A Single Doubt colt again did not disappoint; comfortably pulling clear to find the line close to five lengths ahead of closest rival Highland Beat.

Drawn wide into the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond, jockey Craig Newitt was able to dictate terms after falling into a good position in transit; allowing the colt sufficient time to balance before asking for an extra effort; Extreme Choice subsequently savaging the line for a near-two length win.

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