Moriarty seized a thrilling win in the 2014 Craven Plate at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
It was an extraordinarily tight finish which no doubt saw Moriarty’s punters’ eyes glued to the track with high hopes that the Clodovil gelding would be able to get around strong favourite Rising Romance.
Rising Romance had a very good jump and immediately took up position at the lead. Danchai settled in behind Rising Romance with Canny Ballad not far off. Then came Slow Pace, Vilanova and Moriarty about four lengths off the lead.
There was some good competition forward during the middle stages of the 2000m event as Danchai and Rising Romance battled for the lead. Danchai’s push to the fore set Rising Romance off the rails and forced James McDonald to bring him around to retake the lead from Danchai. Canny Balled pushed wide early and was three horses off the rail coming up to the final turn.
At the final turn Canny Ballad, Rising Romance and Danchai clustered tightly as they prepared for the streak home. As they rounded the turn Moriarty began a strong push up the outside in open plains. Joao Moreira used similar tactics and brought Vilanova up in an endeavour to cut through the field into first.
A very tightly contested home straight saw Blake Shinn spur Moriarty up the outside to challenge a tiring Rising Romance and a lagging Danchai. Rising Romance held on until the post when Moriarty was able to edge a nose in front to win, leaving Vilanova in third.
Blake Shinn was very pleased with the run, particularly as there was some reliance on the natural determination and skill of Moriarty. “We just went back to basics; I rode him very conservative.”
“He was really good for me,” praised Shinn, saying “it’s nice getting back in the winner’s circle”.
2014 Craven Plate Results
|1||2||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||–||5||59kg||$3.70|
|2||7||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||Donna Logan||James McDonald||0.1L||1||56kg||$2.15F|
|3||6||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||1.6L||4||58kg||$8.50|
|4||3||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||2.1L||6||59kg||$8.50|
|5||5||CANNY BALLAD||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||3.1L||2||59kg||$13|
|6||4||DANCHAI (GB)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||5.7L||3||59kg||$26|
|Scr||1||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||–||0||–||–|