Memsie means World to Pete
PETER Moody has used the Dissident blueprint as he tries to build on his astonishing record in Caulfield 1400m Group 1 races with Hi World today.
Since Typhoon Tracy won her first Orr Stakes in 2010, Moody has struck at 32 per cent in the Caulfield Group 1s from only 25 runners.
Dissident added to his tally when claiming last year’s Memsie Stakes and Moody is hopeful Hi World can follow a similar trajectory this season.
“Dissident was a better per- formed, more mature individual as a three-year-old than Hi World and much more seasoned,” Moody said on RSN yesterday.
“But this horse really progressed well last campaign.
“He has trialled up there similar to Dissident and spelled in Queensland and we thought this was the right race to kick off in.
“Where does he sit in the food chain? Is he a WFA horse or is he a handicapper? He looks an ideal Epsom-Toorak horse, but could he develop into a Cox Plate horse? We learn that (today).’’
Moody said Hi World was fit enough to win the Memsie, where he is drawn to enjoy a beautiful run in the first three.
The one niggle for the trainer is that he chose to leave the blinkers off today and whether 1400m will prove a shade sharp without the shades.
“I opted not to put blinkers back on, but I was tossing and turning about it,’’ Moody said.
“I left him in the nose roll and Kerrin (McEvoy) was happy with his concentration in the trial. I just hope I’m not regretting that.’’
Hi World, who is aiming to join So You Think as a Memsie winner for his late sire High Chaparral, burst on to the scene in the second-tier threeyear-old races during the Sydney autumn carnival.
He fits the recent profile of four-year-olds dominating this race, but will have to buck the trend that has seen nine of the past 10 Memsie winners having already won a Group 1 race.
Chris Waller has been bullish about the chances of winter star Boban this week. He is adamant Boban’s confidenceboosting Doomben 10,000 win will result in him performing far better than when he was a well-beaten fifth as favourite in last year’s Memsie.
Ratings expert Daniel O’Sullivan has taken a set against Boban and instead prefers Stratum Star, believing his three-year-old form around Wandjina and Kermadec sets a benchmark for this field.