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07/07/02 Is the Caulfield Cup a Big Ask?
0706r5thebigask.jpg (15297 bytes)Multiple Group One winning trainer Michael Moroney earmarked the Caulfield Cup in October as a target for his four-year-old gelding The Big Ask after he scored a fast finishing and exciting win in the $151,000 VRC Winter Championship at Flemington yesterday.

After sitting back toward the rear of the field the son of Bigstone produced a strong finish to get home in blanket finish from Little Dozer and Storm Attack.

Out of the former quality race filly Boardwalk Angel, The Big Ask was a $90,000 yearling purchase at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.

"He was a well bred horse but we got him a lot cheaper than first thought as he wasn’t very big at the time and was quite finely built," Moroney said. "But he’s really developed nicely since and that’s why he wasn’t seen on the track until as a late three-year-old."

The Big Ask, who was only having his tenth start yesterday, scored his third straight win with yesterday’s short half head success over the quality sprinter Little Dozer who’d charged through on the inside of the field.

0706r5jasonpatton.jpg (16499 bytes)Moroney who’s tasted planty of success with staying performers including Brew, Yes Indeed, Maythehorsebewithu and The Secondmortgage, has good expectations of The Big Ask.

"We’d look at a race like the Caulfield Cup," Moroney said. "He looks as though he should develop into a nice mile and a half galloper."

Although being quietly confident of success in yesterday’s feature flat race, Moroney had some doubts for the 1610 metre event.

"I felt he was badly weighted in this race," Moroney added. "He’s only ever won the one open class race and he was asked to carry 54.5 kilograms."

Meanwhile, Moroney said former Melbourne Cup winner Brew who’d been thrown out of the police force and had returned to training at his Flemington stables, was looking in good shape.

"He’s a bit more burly now but he’s coming along very nicely," Moroney said.

The leading trainer was also hopeful of a big spring carnival with the likes of the Doomben Cup placegetter Galroof and the top class race mare Pernod, a stakes winner at last year’s carnival.

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