|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
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 wasnt very big at the time and was quite finely
built," Moroney said. "But hes really developed nicely since and
thats why he wasnt 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 yesterdays short half head success over the
quality sprinter Little Dozer whod charged through on the inside of the field.
Moroney whos tasted
planty of success with staying performers including Brew, Yes Indeed, Maythehorsebewithu
and The Secondmortgage, has good expectations of The Big Ask.
"Wed look at a race like the Caulfield
Cup," Moroney said. "He looks as though he should develop into a nice mile and a
Although being quietly confident of success in
yesterdays feature flat race, Moroney had some doubts for the 1610 metre event.
"I felt he was badly weighted in this race,"
Moroney added. "Hes 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
whod been thrown out of the police force and had returned to training at his
Flemington stables, was looking in good shape.
"Hes a bit more burly now but hes 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 years carnival.
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