Performing to a high standard over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, trainer Peter Moody has revealed Group 1 champion Dissident is by no means a certainty to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
Securing an impressive total of three wins and five minor places from just 13 competitive starts so far, Dissident has not been seen at the races since finishing a disappointing 12th in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th, on what was a particularly heavy racing surface.
Reportedly taking well to his time in the spelling paddock and return to work, Moody said Dissident to ready to make his racing return in the 2014 Warwick Stakes, but will be kept away from the track should rain continue to pelt the Sydney metropolitan area leading into Saturday’s Randwick meet.
“I’m mindful if the track is too wet I can always pull him out and take him down to Melbourne in a week for the Memsie (Stakes),” Moody told TVN.
“He has spelled and prepped-up really well in Queensland and he’s ready to go and if we don’t get too much more rain the track may dry out a bit.
“We’ll just have to wait and see, but he doesn’t have to run here on Saturday.”
A standout performer over the 2013 edition of the Spring Racing Carnival, Dissident was unlucky to finish second in each of the Listed Rosebud (1200m), Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) and Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) first-up before claiming a credible sixth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and fourth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Finishing second in the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up in 2014 on February 15th, the Sebring entire charged home to win the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) before breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 15th.
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