Moet Me clinched a start in the $400,000 WA Guineas with a narrow victory in the Super Saturday Hcp (1400m) on Wednesday.
The Dan Morton trained gelding flew down the centre of the track to figure in one of the closest finishes in Perth this season. Only a length covered the first seven horses home at Ascot.
Moet Me (3g Oratorio – Livorno by Clay Hero) arrived in the nick of time to defeat Weekend Shadow (Bernardini) and Walkover (Stratum). “He takes while to wind up but really hits the line hard,” Morton said. “He’s been racing against older horses and appreciated the drop back to his own age group.”
Morton has two of the leading fancies for the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 23. Stablemate Low Tide (Blackfriars) can book a berth at Ascot this Saturday.
“I think they can both play a part in the Guineas,” Morton added. “Moet Me will have his final lead-up in the Fairetha Stakes.”
Moet Me is by Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio (Aus) and is a younger half-brother to LR Illawarra 2YO Classic winner She’s In Demand (Commands) and Victorian winner Livorno Express (Danehill Express).
Oratorio claimed his first WA Guineas with Clueless Angel in 2009. Mungrup Stud stallions were also successful with Moccasin Bend (Eternity Range) in 2008 and Kalatiara (Metal Storm) in 2000.
Mungrup stands Oratorio for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.
– Karl Patterson