Taking one step forward
He’s come on, he worked brilliantly on the course proper on Monday in fast time but thirdup will be his race. – Gary Moore
TRAINER Gary Moore is expecting Takedown to be back to his competitive self at Eagle Farm tomorrow but warns the Group 1 winning sprinter is ‘ one run away’ from his best. Takedown put in a rare failure when he resumed at Randwick two weeks ago but Moore said there were genuine excuses at his first run since an arduous Hong Kong trip. “I forgave him for it,” Moore said. “He hadn’t run for four months, he had 60kg and looked a bit rough in the coat. “Don’t forget he did four weeks of quarantine and three at Widden so he lost a lot of muscle mass.” Moore said he’d like to see the fouryear-old feature somewhere in the finish of the Group 2 $200,000 Ellyce Galvin Victory Stakes (1200m).
The trainer is adamant he doesn’t have to win to prove he’s back on track but with just six rivals the race is shaping as campaign defining.
“He’s come on, he worked brilliantly on the course proper Monday in fast time but third-up will be his race,” Moore said.
“I’ve seen improvement in his coat, body weight and in his training. He never let down at all the other day behind Redzel, he just couldn’t get a foot hold.
“I’d be happy to be in the first three, it’d be a great effort by the horse.”
Takedown has two major targets in Brisbane, the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (now run at 1200m) and Kingsford Smith Stakes (exBTC Cup 1300m).
Last year’s 10,000 winner Music Magnate is Takedown’s chief rival tomorrow while exciting mare Tumbler adds a new dimension at her weight-for-age debut.
Moore has ruled out a second attempt at the Stradbroke in June as he hopes Takedown’s performances Brisbane will attract interest for a slot owner in the $10m The Everest to be run at Randwick October.
Jockey Tim Clark went to Rosehill on Monday to work Takedown and echoed Moore’s thoughts about where the gelding stands in his preparation.
“He’s a lot better the coat and he will improve but I think improve again after this run,” Clark said.
“He’s still maybe a run off.”
Takedown worked over 1000m on Monday, partnered with stablemate Absolutely Win, in 1:01.21 and Clark said it was handy work.
Like Moore, he’s prepared to overlook the eighth of nine i n
Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) on a very heavy track.
“He was bit soft on a heavy track and up against horses that had raced through the carnival and were hard and fit,” he said.
“You can forgive one bad run but I want to see good improvement come Saturday.”
Trainer Gary Moore with Takedown