Trainer Steven O’Dea’s decision to add blinkers to Sir Moments paid off when the talented youngster produced a powerful performance to win the Listed Dalrello Stakes (1200m) at Doomben, beginning a Saturday stakes double for Coolmore Stud stallion Choisir (Danehill Dancer – Great Selection, by Lunchtime).
Sir Moments had little luck during his first-up sixth in the Listed Ken Russell Memorial but O’Dea said the gelding would benefit from the use of blinkers. The son of Choisir began only fairly but recovered to settle midfield for jockey Michael Cahill but Sir Moments had to withstand a buffering to improve into the race in the straight.
Sir Moments was bumped heavily passing the 200 metres but the interference failed to stop the two-year-old’s bid for victory over the final furlong as he ran over the top of the front-runners to score a comfortable victory by three-quarters of a length.
“They crawled along early and he was held up behind them I thought he wasn’t going to get the room,” O’Dea told Sky Racing World. “I was a bit worried when he was back on the fence, shades of the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.
“I was worried when he was buried away midfield on the fence and he did get bashed up a bit trying to work into the clear. In the end, it was a good win.
“I can’t wait to get him to longer races on the bigger track at Eagle Farm.’’
O’Dea will give Sir Moments a chance on the spacious Eagle Farm circuit when he runs in the Group 1 JJ Atkins over 1600 metres in two starts time, which will follow his next assignment in the The Phoenix (1400m) on June 1.
Proven Thoroughbreds paid $40,000 for Sir Moments at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. The juvenile’s win earned connections a $64,000 winner’s cheque took his earnings to more than $85,000.
The Anthony Cummings-trained Diamond Earth (Choisir – Face Of The Earth, by Strategic) became Choisir’s 53rd stakes winner when the filly claimed the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m) at Scone.
Diamond Earth settled fourth, just off a smart tempo, early in the Denise’s Joy Stakes before powering home to beat Omniscnient (Exceed And Excel – Omens, by Octagonal) and She’s A Stalker (Ferocity – Vintage Class, by More Than Ready) by a length.
Diamond Earth has proven a terrific money-spinner for connections. The three-year-old cost Cummings $60,000 at the 2011 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale but her latest success took Diamond Earth’s earnings to more than $600,000 despite the Denise’s Joy Stakes being her maiden Stakes victory.