Pride happy to Mus­cle Ever­est run­ners out in the Moir

The Sportsman Midweek - - Rosehill Preview - CARYL WILLIAMSON

TRAINER Joe Pride has no am­bi­tions to get Ball Of Mus­cle into the $13m The TAB Ever­est with his pri­mary aim a Group 1 win.

The geld­ing’s next chance will come in Fri­day’s Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Val­ley where he will be up against boom sprinter Na­ture Strip who has a berth in The Ever­est on Oc­to­ber 13.

Ball Of Mus­cle has had two starts this spring for a win in the Group 3 Heath at Caulfield and 2 The Shorts Royal Rand­wick.

In The Heath, he beat a field which in­cluded Ever­est run­ners Brave Smash and Santa Ana Lane and in The Shorts three Ever­est con­tenders, In­vin­ci­ble Star, Brave Smash and English fin­ished be­hind him.

“The Ever­est is not re­ally on our agenda,” Pride said.

“We’ll just en­joy beat­ing the Ever­est horses.”

Pride trained Ball Of Mus­cle’s sib­lings Tiger Tees and Ter­rav­ista to Group 1 wins said the three were all late ma­tur­ers.

“All of them have had some feet is­sues that to be man­aged but they all got bet­ter as they got older,” he said.

“Ball Of Mus­cle might be an eight-year- old but he has been lightly raced.

“He is a great horse and I couldn’t be hap­pier with him since his last race.”

The tight Moonee Val­ley track holds no con­cerns for Pride.

“He did run sec­ond to Buffer­ing in a Moir Stakes (2015),” he said.

The geld­ing has had 35 starts which have pro­duced 11 wins, nine for Glyn Schofield who will be aboard again.

“Glyn has an amaz­ing record on him so it’s great to have him again,” Pride said. There is one slot left in The Ever­est (1200m) with the group headed by Max Whitby and Neil Wer­rett eye­ing sev­eral sprint­ers af­ter los­ing their orig­i­nal choice Me­nari to in­jury.

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