David and Jenny Moodie have more Group 1 targets on the horizon after their home bred stars Flamberge and Solicit both won Group races on the weekend.
Flamberge scored a career-best victory in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday wearing the famous ‘fluoro’ green, purple and gold colours of the Moodies’ Contract Racing.
The Moodies will now send the Peter Moody trained gelding to Sydney for the Group 1 Galaxy at The Championships.
Flamberge (Exceed And Excel) had won the G1 Goodwood last year but was allowed to go out a $31 outsider after drawing the car park in the Oakleigh Plate.
“I thought his race was run at the barrier draw,” David Moodie said.
“A handicap is his go – he gets found wanting at weight-for-age.”
The Macedon Ranges farm of the Moodies bred him from their multiple stakes winning mare Razor Blade (Blazing Sword). She has also foaled the Flemington stakes winners Curtana (Exceed And Excel) and Sunburnt Land (Scenic) along with the Ellerton-Zahra trained Durendal.
Contract Racing’s mare Solicit will be set for the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 13 after beating her rivals in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Trainer Gerald Ryan was confident the Street Cry Victorian bred mare would break through in the Harbour City after finished second to Winx at her previous start.
“It took the Cox Plate winner to beat her last time,” Ryan explained.
“She’s getting better as she gets older.”
Solicit was last seen in Melbourne winning the Group 3 Summoned Stakes at Sandown in November. The Moodies bred and race her in partnership with Nick & Gayle Psaltis.
Street Cry sired her from Flemington stakes winner Princesa (Danehill) and second-dam Kapchat (Centaine) was a Group 1 winner of the Coolmore Classic.
More interstate black-type beckons the Contract Racing team in Queensland with their experienced sprinter Pillar Of Creation.
He won the GPK Handicap (1350m) at Doomben last Saturday and is being targeted at the Listed Weetwood Hcp at Toowoomba in April.
Pillar Of Creation (by Greta West sire God’s Own) moved from Melbourne twelve months ago and trainer Tony Sears had been frustrated watching him run placings in the Listed Weetwood and Listed Glasshouse races last year.
The unlucky run continued losing the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup on protest in January.
“I sulked for two weeks but it’s behind me now,” Sears declared. “I’m very happy for David and Jenny Moodie and Peter Burnett…they’ve stuck with me.”