Racing: Extreme Choice blows away sprinting stars in group 1 Moir win

by admin on July 22nd, 2019

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Craig Newitt rides Extreme Choice to win the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Photo: Vince CaligiuriThe kings – Chautauqua and Buffering – may not be quite dead, certainly not on the evidence of one run.

But all hail the colt with pretensions to becoming the new king, Extreme Choice, who put the two globetrotting superstars in their place when he took out the group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Mick Price’s three-year-old was having only the fifth start of his career and had not run since disappointing as favourite in the Golden Slipper last March.

But he showed that he was right up to the top class over short courses with a tremendous display in the Moir, coming from off the pace under Craig Newitt to win convincingly from the mares Heatherly and Wild Rain.

Chautauqua, who never really got going and failed to produce his whirlwind finish, was best of the rest in fourth spot just ahead of Buffering, who was bidding to win his fourth Moir Stakes.

While there will be post mortems on the display of Chautauqua, the favourite, nothing should be taken away from the performance of the winner, who has now won four of his five starts in becoming the first three-year-old to score in the Moir since Virage De Fortune in 2005.

“There’s the horse, that’s the colt, that’s him,” a delighted Price, who took this race with Samaready in 2013, said after.

“It was a very difficult race, there were some fantastic horses in it, and he beat them,” said Price, who revealed that he had been in two minds as recently as Thursday morning as to whether to run the horse.

After talking with Newitt and others he decided to go for it, and his decision – “I didn’t want to take a backward step” –– paid off in spades.

It was the 33rd group 1 race of Newitt’s career and he said his mount was travelled well throughout

“I saw the grey horse starting to make his run at the 500, we started to come at the same time. He really quickened off the bend.”

There will be other days for Chautauqua, who lacked his customary late burst. The Team Hawkes-trained grey was making his first racecourse appearance since May when he won in Hong Kong.

Buffering was never quite able to dominate proceedings as he has in the past but battled on in customary style. It was hist first run since he had finished behind Chautauqua at Sha Tin, so it is reasonable to assume he too will improve for the race.

Extreme Choice will now be targetted at the group 1 Coolmore Stakes on Derby Day, a 1200 metre dash down the Flemington straight, but he could take in the Blue Sapphire at Caulfield en route.

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