Husson (Arg) sprinter Moral Victory has earned a trip to the Melbourne spring carnival after claiming his first black-type in the G2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Tim Martin trained gelding took advantage of a rails run to win running away by over a length from front-runner Caped Crusader. “He continues to improve with age and has never gone better,” Martin said. “Now we will give him a chance in the Toorak.”
The G1 Toorak Hcp (1600m) worth $500,000 is scheduled for October 8 at Caulfield.
Vinery resident Husson sired Lucky Hussler to win last year’s Toorak and he returns to racing this Friday night in the G1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Martin bred Moral Victory with part-owner Mark Walters from Doomben winner Fairy Moth (Shinko Forest). Second dam It’s A Giggle (Rory’s Jester) won the G2 Bloodhorse Breeders’ Stakes at Flemington.
Winning rider Jason Collett thanked former champion jockey Darren Beadman for his advice on Saturday. “He told me to ride the horse not the race. We took a sit and relaxed behind the speed. He got a run on the inside and was really strong once I asked for a finishing effort.”
A late bloomer, Moral Victory has won 8 times in 32 starts for prizemoney of $424,950. He is the 9th stakes winner by Husson who stands for a $13,200 (inc GST) service fee at Vinery.