Moore’s smart youngster set to reach new heights
GARY Moore says Paquirri has made the necessary steps during his spell to still be a force in the top races as it starts again in $150,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill tomorrow.
The I Am Invincible colt ended his two-year-old season with a win in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on April 7 when he defeated Legend Of Condor and Lean Mean Machine.
“When he won the Kindergarten Stakes came off a really interrupted preparation.
“He didn’t get into the Magic Millions race, he battled shin soreness and still came out and won the Kindergarten in good style,” Moore said.
“He’s improved a lot from two to three and has come back a lot stronger. He’ more settled so I expect him to run well.
“I was very satisfied with his second trial and I’m going into tomorrow’s race a lot of confidence.”
The ride given to Paquirri will be important and Andrew Adkins will have the job of judging when to set him loose against the likes of Performer, Graff, Jonker and Plague Stone.
“He’s got a very good turn of foot. He doesn’t sustain it for long but he goes quickly.
“He very fast for 300m,” Moore said.
“We put the blinkers on him in the Kindergarten and he was very impressive.
“We taught him to settle because we knew he had that great turn of foot.
“We have him more settled this time in his work and at his trials and they’ll go a good gallop in this race.”
Moore said the nine-horse field was a real competitive one.
One-time Golden Slipper favourite Performer makes his return as does the undefeated Graff for the Kris Lees stable.
Dio D’oro is shooting for fourstraight wins and Jonker is first-up. He beat Paquirri on debut last December but a lot can change between an early twoyear-old and early three-yearold.
“It’s a competitive field. You should just be happy to have a colt good enough run in the race,” Moore said.
“I think Performer is a really good horse and he’s the one I’m very wary of even though 1100m might be a bit sharp for him.
“Graff looks to have good ability from what he’s shown and then you’ve got Jonker.”
Performer opened as the $3.50 favourite with Plague Stone on the second line of betting with TAB at $4.50. Paquirri opened as a $26 chance which looks over the odds.
“Plague Stone’s training has been better leading up to the San Domenico than before Rosebud,” trainer James Cummings said.
“He looks like he’s using himself more sensibly and he let down really powerfully in his work this week.
“But, I’m quite wary that he is up against much tougher opposition.”
Trainer Gary Moore believes Paquirri has taken the necessary improvement to be competitive in the big races. Pic: Grant Guy