Peter Moody has two winning chances at today’s Moe Cup meeting which has been transferred to Cranbourne. The Moody-trained gallopers – Lord Pindari (R6) and Returntosender (R8) – were bred in New Zealand and both have bright futures.
Lord Pindari (4g Pins – Proteaceae by Kaapstad) was a $475,000 buy at the 2007 NZ Bloodstock 2yo Ready to Run Sale at Karaka. He was given a searching campaign earlier this year that included a Cranbourne maiden win over today’s course and distance in February. He signed off with an unplaced effort behind Rebel Raider in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes at Morphettville in April.
Moody nominated him for Caulfield on Thousand Guineas day and Morphettville this Saturday before targeting the Winning Edge Hcp this afternoon. The gelding is ready to complete a front-running hat-trick this prep after wins at Sale and Bairnsdale, the latter by more than five lengths.
Lord Pindari’s dam Proteaceae was unraced but his second dam foaled Zonda (G1 New Zealand Derby), Magnolia Hall (G2 QTC O’Shea Stakes) and Man Of Honour (LR Singapore Derby).
He is a younger half-brother to Hong Kong winners Palette Natural (Volksraad) and Win Practitioner (O’Reilly) while his younger half-brother Chaparro (High Chaparral) was a good thing beaten when runner-up at Donald earlier this week.
Chaparro was our Bred To Win special on Monday. Fingers crossed, the family can make amends at Cranbourne.