Book­ies keep Moss cash

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - BRAD DAVID­SON

THE book­ies breathed a sigh of re­lief yes­ter­day af­ter the best-backed horse around the coun­try went down in a photo fin­ish at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

Moss ’N’ Dale ($5 to $2.30) was heav­ily backed with the TAB in early bet­ting and looked set to re­ward pun­ters un­til Li­a­pari dived late to win the TAB Re­wards Hand­i­cap (1500m) by a short-half-head.

Moss ’N’ Dale’s trainer Peter Ge­lago­tis said the jury was out on his gal­loper af­ter his close sec­ond. “I don’t know what to make of it,” he said.

“The odds re­flected he had a solid han­dle on the race but in say­ing that the jury is out for mine. Does he need it a bit wet­ter? Maybe.’’

Li­a­pari caught the eye of trial watch­ers on Tues­day and didn’t dis­ap­point to claim his fourth Syd­ney win since ar­riv­ing from New Zealand last year.

“He needs all of the 1500m but be­lieve it or not once he gets past 1600m he strug­gles so there is a trick to him,” Li­a­pari’s trainer Chris Waller said.

“He will just keep (con­test­ing) these types of races.

“He has been a pretty un­lucky horse and has won a few good races but if we can win an­other one or two that would (be lovely).”

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