STABLE TALK: Geoff Wilson's racing round-up

THE smile Peter Moody was sporting yesterday was just as broad due to the safe arrival in England of Black Caviar as it was for his dominant raid on Queensland racing.

‘‘I have had bigger days on the racetrack with individual results but never one as collectively huge as Saturday was,’’ Moody said.

‘‘The Stradbroke is Queensland’s Melbourne Cup or Golden Slipper, but add the derby and Brisbane Cup and it is a dream.

‘‘I am still coming to terms with it but then things got better this morning when I checked my messages.

‘‘My staff in England simply said she’s fine. That’s all I wanted to read.’’

Black Caviar got to England after the 30-hour flight without a problem.

‘‘She lost about nine kilograms on the trip over; Magnus and Hinchinbrook lost up to 20kg,’’ Moody said.

‘‘She has a great constitution and it [pressure suit] certainly didn’t hurt her.

‘‘Her food and water intake on the way over was very good and she hasn’t stopped eating or drinking. She is well and happy.’’

But Moody was bemused after talking to his team in England.

‘‘You know, as silly as it sounds, the boys reckon it was the two-hour float from Heathrow to Newmarket that affected her more than the long flight,’’ he said.

‘‘I was told she paraded around Heathrow looking a million dollars when the plane landed but when she got off the float my foreman said she looked a little tucked up.

‘‘The road trip seemed to take more weight off than the plane trip but once she got settled in she started to strut around like she had been at Newmarket all her life.

‘‘The one thing she looked for her was her feeder, and once she got her head in the bin she was happy.

‘‘It seems she is a lot like her trainer, she just thinks about her gut.’’

Moody, 42, is originally from Charleville, in outback Queensland, so to win a treble on Queensland racing’s biggest day was great for him.

He won the group1 derby with Brambles, followed by Mid Summer Music in the Stradbroke. Moody made it three feature victories in a row when Lights Of Heaven won the group2 Brisbane Cup.

‘‘Mid Summer Music will stay on for the Tatt’s Tiara but the stayers will have a break now and they will get their chance in the spring,’’ he said.

‘‘They deserve the chance.

‘‘Right now I will concentrate on getting to England to see the big mare.

‘‘I have always been an observer of horses rather than worry about scales and tests.

‘‘I am going over on Wednesday night.

‘‘I will leave after watching Queensland win the State Of Origin series by winning the second game.

‘‘That will put me in a good mood for the long trip.’’

■ Wyong trainer Kim Waugh will test the staying power of rejuvenated galloper Censor in the Grafton Cup.

On Saturday, Censor scored a fast-finishing win over 2000m at Rosehill.

Waugh said yesterday that the 2350m listed $125,000 Grafton Cup on Thursday, July 2 would be Censor’s aim.

‘‘He is showing he can stay and the way he got to the line over 2000m in yesterday’s race suggests the Grafton Cup might not be beyond him,’’ she said. Waugh paid $30,000 for Censor at the tried horse sale at the Gold Coast.

‘‘Mark [husband Mark Waugh] liked his form, so we went for him and got him for $30,000,’’ she said.

‘‘When he first got to my stables he was so quiet and was walking his box, showing he just did not settle in well.

‘‘I tried a few things like moving him from box to box and putting him in one with a nice yard.

‘‘All of sudden he changed and I knew we had a chance with him.’’

■ Experienced Newcastle jockey Dale Spriggs believes he had a valuable lesson after the unplaced run of star Scone filly Tinzelda at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The previously unbeaten Tinzelda raced below her best in the listed Ambassador Lancaster $100,000 race, finishing sixth.

‘‘She is going straight to the paddock and really she did battle on well but was never a winning possibility,’’ Spriggs said.

‘‘I was speaking to [leading Warwick Farm trainer] Peter Snowden after the race saying how disappointed I was when he asked when the filly arrived in Brisbane.

‘‘I said she got here on Thursday and he just shook his head. He said that he always gave his horses more time than that when they travelled, particularly a two-year-old filly.

‘‘He said it just takes them more time to get over the trip and settle into their new environment.

‘‘I spoke to Tinzelda’s trainer, Rod Northam, about what Peter had said and it is something we will look at in the future.

‘‘I have no doubt that next season she will be a top-class performer and another trip interstate could be on the cards.’’

■ Spriggs senior had no luck in Queensland but Spriggs junior was in the spotlight in Sydney. Dale’s son Blake starred by riding the first two winners at Rosehill.

‘‘He is just starting to realise his potential,’’ the proud father said.

‘‘He had that run early on in Sydney but then things got quiet. I am proud of the way he has kept his head down and kept trying.

‘‘He is chipping away and is getting great results since he started riding trackwork at Rosehill.’’

Blake scored on Raise The Level and Choice Words.

■ Oops! There was a glitch in the Sky Channel coverage yesterday morning of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes in New York.

The American announcer declared proudly that the field for the third leg of the triple crown would be accompanied onto the track by the signature Frank Sinatra tune of New York, New York.

However, on the Australian coverage punters listened to Jim Morrison and the Doors blaring out Light My Fire.

The mix-up did not faze Union Rags, which won in front of 85,811 punters.

■ Newcastle trainer Darren Smith had no luck in Sydney on Saturday but that could change today.

Smith’s sprinter Welkom Gold finished sixth in the June Stakes at Rosehill.

‘‘I was not too disappointed with the effort,’’ Smith said.

‘‘He is still getting race fit after that long lay-off because of injury. I think he will improve sharply in the Takeover Target Stakes at Gosford, which is his next aim.’’

Smith is confident he has two strong chances at Randwick today.

He will line up Nissile in the $40,000 Vinery benchmark 71 over 1800m.

‘‘Nissile is a very promising stayer and the 1800m is perfect for him,’’ Smith said. ‘‘I am expecting him to go well.’’

Smith will start Rushing To Win in the $40,000 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee benchmark 75 over 1100m.

Rushing To Win suffered her first defeat last start when runner-up.

‘‘She continues to thrive at home and from barrier four with Corey Brown riding I reckon she can go close again,’’ Smith said.

Fellow Newcastle trainer Kris Lees will start Urgent Bells in the same race at her first run from a spell.

■ Master Newcastle trainer Paul Perry says Stratana is on track for the Takeover Target at Gosford after his fighting second in the June Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

The listed $100,000 Takeover Target over 1200m is run at Gosford on Friday, June 22.

Kris Lees, whose horse Motspur finished second-last in the June Stakes, has not made firm plans for his warhorse sprinter.

‘‘He just did not let down in that track,’’ Lees said.

‘‘He is an old horse that knows when to protect himself if he is not confident about striding out in shifting going. I will give him time to get over that run and just see when he is ready to run again.’’

■ Wyong trainer Tracey Bartley will be chasing a successful long weekend of racing in Sydney today.

On Saturday he was represented by San Zaim, which won the Coffee Cup Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill.

Today he has Slick Sniper in the $40,000 Sportsbet benchmark 75 handicap over 1800m at Randwick.

■ Wyong trainer Brett Partelle is disappointed but believes jockey Glen Boss took the wrong option on Torio’s Quest in the Stradbroke on Saturday.

‘‘He went back into the quicksand and that was the end of the horse’s chances,’’ Partelle said yesterday.

Torio’s Quest beat three runners home in the group1 sprint.

The sprinter headed back to Wyong yesterday morning from the Gold Coast.

‘‘I just put him on the truck and he will have a couple of days at the stables before going to the paddocks,’’ Partelle said.

‘‘All I can do is start again with him and look to the autumn.’’

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