Peter Moody’s well-tried three-year-old Golden Archer scored their debut Group win last Saturday, August 27, taking out the 2011 HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield.
Runner-up behind superstar sprinter Sepoy in their first-up spring run in the Vain Stakes earlier this month, Rock Of Gibraltar colt Golden Archer posted their sixth career success on the weekend with an impressive victory in the $125,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).
Starting as a $3.90 shot, having drifted out from their earlier favouritism in the Luxbet Saturday horse racing odds, Golden Archer proved their worth as one of the season’s best three-year-olds with an all-the-way victory in the feature.
On the line Golden Archer, ridden expertly by Moody’s No. 1 jockey Luke Nolen, had nearly two lengths to spare over the David Hayes-trained Cross Of Gold ($26) with Byron Cozamanis’ roughie Vatican ($41) finishing a close third.
Race favourite, the fellow Moody-trained Metonymy 9$3.70) could only manage to finish sixth behind fifth placegetter Delago’s Lad and the Bart Cummings-trained fourth placegetter Do You Think.
Golden Archer is next set to contest either the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) or Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), both races taking place at Caulfield on September 24.
Whichever option Moody opts to take with the ever-improving Golden Archer, who has already won over $408,000 in prize money for connections, it will be used as a guide as to whether they will press on to the 2011 Caulfield Guineas.
The $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) runs on October 8 as one of the key three-year-old classics of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Australia’s leading online bookmaker Luxbet has Golden Archer rated a $51 roughie in their 2011 Caulfield Guineas odds, a very generous price on such a talented galloper.
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2011 McNeil Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||GOLDEN ARCHER||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||–||9||57.5kg||$3.90|
|2||10||CROSS OF GOLD||David Hayes||James Winks||1.75L||8||55kg||$26|
|3||8||VATICAN||Byron Cozamanis||Craig Williams||2.05L||2||55kg||$41|
|4||5||DELAGO’S LAD||John McArdle||Chris Symons||2.15L||6||55kg||$11|
|5||3||DO YOU THINK||Bart Cummings||Steven Arnold||2.35L||3||57kg||$7.50|
|6||11||METONYMY||Peter G Moody||Michael Walker||2.85L||7||53kg||$3.70F|
|7||12||GLISSADE||Peter Snowden||Craig Newitt||3.85L||5||53kg||$8.50|
|8||4||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||Michael Rodd||5.1L||10||56kg||$5.50|
|9||6||REDANGELO||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damien Oliver||7.6L||1||55kg||$51|
|10||2||ARCTIC COMMAND||Wendy Kelly||Danny Nikolic||9.1L||4||57.5kg||$61|
|–||7||DECIRCLES||Danny O’Brien||Dwayne Dunn||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||SCELTO (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Ms Lisa Cropp||–||0||–||–|