First-up Sting in Schweppes Hcp

Stingray will have a Group 2 in sight when he starts first-up in the Schweppes Super VOBIS Hcp (1000m) at Moonee Valley this Saturday.

The son of Swettenham Stud sire Kaphero finished down the track in the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) before going for a spell.  “A mile might be a bit too far,” trainer John Moloney said this week.  “He will be best suited at trips around 1000m or 1200m this preparation.

“We don’t have any specific target but, if he aims up, we will definitely test him in stakes company.”

Moloney mentioned the G2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 2.  It’s worth $250,000 and was won by brilliant filly Miracles Of Life last year.

Stingray (3c Kaphero – Stings by Fusaichi Pegasus) won a Bendigo 2YO Maiden last February and then doubled up 11 days later at Sandown.  He resumed in the spring when runner-up in the LR Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield prior to close-up finishes in the G3 McNeil Stakes and G2 Danehill Stakes.

Breeders John and Paul Shannon have sent his dam Stings to Swettenham sires on a regular basis.  She has a 2yo Equiano colt named Thunder Gun with Dean Binaisse, a yearling filly by Kaphero and a colt on the ground by Host.

Stingray was allocated 61.5kg at Moonee Valley this Saturday but connections have alleviated that burden by booking stable apprentice Patrick Moloney who claims 2kg.

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