Tim Bell adamant Sir Moments has promising future after Gold Coast romp
CONFIDENT jockey Tim Bell declared it “all over red rover at the top of the straight” as classy galloper Sir Moments became the star of the show at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
A cheeky Bell smiled and sat up on the gelding over the line as he blew away his rivals with disdain in the 1400m Open Handicap.
It confirmed a trip to Sydney for the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) next month.
Sir Moments has now won six from 12 starts, including the Queensland Guineas during the Winter Carnival this year. And there looks to be more on the way.
“He is such a good horse,” Bell said. “He began better than I anticipated today, and I found the fence and settled nicely.
“It was all over red rover at the top of the straight. He had his usual antics after he hit the lead, pricking his ears, but it was all over by then.”
Bell has had a slow start to the season but is now getting back to the form that resulted in him winning the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership last season.
Trainer Steve O’Dea refused to rush Sir Moments in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap this year and could reap the benefits in Sydney this summer.
“He took a little while to hit his top today carrying 59kg but he was really strong through the line and he probably wants a bit further,” O’Dea said.
“It was a funny race to read as there didn’t look to be a lot of speed on paper but they ended up running along OK.
“He showed he is versatile today, racing a little bit closer, and that is a big positive going forward.”
Trainer Rob Heathcote liked what he saw as Dream Of Slips fought on for a gritty win in the Benchmark 80 Handicap (1200m).
“I’ve earmarked him as a potential stakes horse later on and I think that is starting to come through,” Heathcote said.
“He had to fight today and it’s a quality that might take this horse a little bit further than just through his grades. This Gold Coast track is a little bit tricky and he coped with the bend.”
A midweek training trip over the jumps may have been the key to trainer Darlene Duryea getting Ongoing Venture back to his best in the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1800m).
Ongoing Venture ($17) wasn’t the punters’ choice but Duryea was confident he had more ability than he had been showing recently.
“It’s been a while between drinks for him but he has got some bad barriers and got stuck back in the fields,” Duryea said.
“It has been taking him forever to let go in his races. I put him over the jumps during the week to give him something to think about.”