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Waller coy over Moriarty future

November 18, 2014 14:05:12 UK

Top Sydney trainer Chris Waller has yet to make a decision on whether Moriarty will race in Saturday’s Group One Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m).

Waller was planning to trial the gelding over 1000m at Belmont Park next Monday en route to the $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 6th, but there is a chance he could race in Perth before then.

The availability of Nash Rawiller to ride Moriarty proved decisive in Waller’s decision to accept with the $1.26 million earner in Saturday’s race, and a final decision will be made later in the week.

“The availability of Nash, who has a good record on the horse, made it pretty easy to accept,” Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior said.

“We use trials in between their starts a lot here. I went back and had a look at the field, spoke to Chris and we thought he was reasonably well placed.

“Also we needed to decide whether he was going to be forward enough with a 1000m trial or would there be more benefit in him running over a mile.

“He will have a hit-out on Wednesday morning and we will make a final decision from there whether he runs.”

Rawiller has had plenty of success with Moriarty, riding him to victory in this year’s Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m).

He was also on the gelding when he won last year’s Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), and Waller will be hoping for more of the same if he runs at the weekend.

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