More Moet gets season off to winning start

“YOU can start popping the corks” was the call from Darren Flindell after MORE MOET kick-started the new season delivering a win from Triple Crown’s first runner of the 2017/18 campaign with a courageous display to snatch victory on the line at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The win marked back-to-back wins for the son of More Than Ready, who has been in scintillating form this preparation.

After supplying the final winner for Snowden Racing of the previous campaign with Brave Song, the red silks of Triple Crown were carried to Snowden Racing’s first winner of the new campaign to the delight of an ecstatic group of owners.

In a muddly-run race Tim Clark settled More Moet in midfield after jumping from barrier 1, and as the pace chopped and changed the pair let events play out in front of them before Clark unleashed the four-year-old with a race-winning run on the outside to deny Don Pellegrino by a quarter of a length.

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Co-trainer Paul Snowden praised the horse’s honesty: “He was in a tight spot on the corner and had to wait for everything to clear before making his run. It’s fantastic to see him grow into the horse he is.

“If he wasn’t as honest as he is he might not have won that race but he showed a good attitude to run through the line.”

Clark negotiated the field well to produce More Moet on the line and he was impressed with the run: “There was a fair bit going on through the first part of the race. There was one move after another,” he said. “Down the back I’ve got onto the back of Bastia but when he didn’t take me anywhere I had to wait to come out.

“Once he balanced up and got into his work, from the furlong onwards he was always going to get there, especially when the horse came alongside him.

“It got him going a bit and he was strong through the line.”

Photos: Bradley Photographers