Im­proved Paquirri

Moore’s smart young­ster set to reach new heights

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

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

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