Pippie has stamped her credentials as a Group 1 star with Damian Lane declaring the mare the fastest sprinter he has ridden after a dominant Moir Stakes triumph at The Valley.
The Oakleigh Plate winner preserved a perfect first-up record while fending off Trekking and Bella Vella, providing Lane with his 21st Group 1 success,
“She’s great. You just give her some rein out the barriers and just lay on her neck and she does the rest for you,” Lane said.
“She is so fast early, obviously runs those quick sectionals, and gets everything else chasing.
“I actually thought I was in a bit of trouble at the corner when she came off the bridle, but I asked her for her max effort and she really dug in again.
“I’ve never been on one quicker early. Just how clean she is from the stalls that first 200m, and just how easily she does it.
“I thought I was done for to be honest but lucky enough she is tough, gritted her teeth, and got the job done.”
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Trainer Chris Meagher said: “I don’t care what I run her in, I know that she is going to run enormous. Tonight she was just on point, done everything right, couldn’t be happier, the track suited us – just over the moon.
“She’s a dead set 10yo gelding at home but as soon as she bounces out of the machines she’s a completely different animal.
“To win a race of this calibre is just a huge honour and I’m rapt for everyone involved.”
“I’ve said all week, if someone wants to lead us they are going to have to break ten (seconds). We know how fast she is and we know that she can sustain that so I was rapt how everything worked out.
“We came here as confident as you can be going into a Group One, and to pull it off was just amazing.”
Pippie clears out under the Moonee Valley lights in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley. Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Glenfiddich remains on a Cox Plate course after emphatic victory in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m).
“He’s a very exciting colt so after we win the Guineas we might come back here for a Cox Plate,” trainer Peter Moody said.
“I think he will improve rapidly, he’s a nice colt, the only thing that would scare me would be wet weather.
“He got too good an action, he’s too nice a horse, to handle soft ground so he will go to the Guineas in good order.
“We didn’t have to run pre the Guineas but that gave him a look at the Valley in the hope that he could be back here in a month‘s time.
“We dream. Let’s go to the Guineas. I think we have the right horse for that and we will go from there.”
Mystic Journey (Stocks Stakes), Swats That (Scarborough Stakes) and Al Galayel (JRA Cup) were the other significant winners on a quality program.
Originally published asPippie snares Moir with searing speed display
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