Gary Moore admits Capitalist may be too sharp for new stable recruit Mount Panorama in the San Domenico Stakes.
But that doesn’t dampen the trainer’s trademark exuberance about getting a dual Group Two placegetter into his stable to run in the 1100m-Group Three race at Rosehill on Saturday.
“It’s definitely great for the stable,” Moore said.
“I believe on what he showed as a two-year-old he’s a very nice horse.”
Mount Panorama was transferred to Moore after the former Hawkes Racing-trained colt was bought by a Hong Kong-based client of Moore’s brother John, a seven-time champion trainer in the Asian racing capital.
Before the switch, the gelding was third in the Group Two Pago Pago Stakes and Silver Slipper.
He is still a maiden but has three stakes placings from four starts including a third the Group Three Canonbury Stakes.
Mount Panorama sped away from eight horses with two race starts between them to win a trial at Gosford on August 1.
Moore said the trial was about giving some Mount Panorama some travelling experience.
“I took him up there to take him away instead of trialling him at Rosehill,” Moore said.
“I was very pleased with the way he trialled.
“He came out of the trial in good shape and he’s a clean-winded horse.”
Mount Panorama’s next assignment will be against Capitalist, with the Golden Slipper winner rated a $1.60 favourite in early San Domenico markets.
“Capitalist is probably too good,” Moore said.
“He was the highest handicapped two-year-old of his generation so it’s going to give us an idea of where we’re going with Mount Panorama,” Moore said.
Mount Panorama’s long-range target is the Listed Heritage Stakes at Randwick on September 17.
As for Saturday, Moore is also wary of the Hawkes-trained Star Turn – sixth in the Golden Slipper – and the Gerald Ryan-trained Tango Rain who defeated subsequent Listed winner Thronum at his last start.
Star Turn is $4.60 while Tango Rain is a $6 chance, with Mount Panorama a rougher hope at $15.
Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au