Best Bold has joined his stablemate Devils Pinch as the second Peter Moody trained winner this month by Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano (Fr).
He started a $4.20 favourite after a narrow loss first-up at Bairnsdale and swept home to score by a head in the Lloyd Sound Plate (1209m) at Seymour on Wednesday.
Best Bold (3c Equiano – Crimson Code by Redoute’s Choice) was a $55,000 buy for Singapore-based expat Victorian horseman Cliff Brown at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. His dam Crimson Code has also foaled Kaphero winner Barcode and she has a 2yo filly by Keep The Faith.
Meanwhile, Moody has accepted Devils Pinch to follow up his August 7 debut victory in the Super VOBIS 3YO Hcp (1200m) at Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday, August 26. He will take on fellow Equiano winner Del Piero (trained by Wendy Kelly) in this VOBIS Gold bonus race.
Moody knew Devils Pinch had ability back in March – the Caulfield trainer purchased his younger sister by Equiano from the Swettenham Stud draft at the Melbourne Premier yearling sale. Their dam Miss Shakira (Snippets) has also foaled Adelaide stakes winning sprinter Tropic Thunder (More Than Ready) and there’s plenty of stamina close up in the family through G1 Victorian Derby winner Rebel Raider.
An Equiano – Class Prevails colt was another likely type on Moody’s shopping list at Oaklands Junction. His dam descends from Palace Revolt (G1 Sydney Cup) and she won at Sandown as well as being stakes placed at Moonee Valley. Her Equiano colt has been named Jackanory.
Equiano currently leads the English second-season winners and wins premiership with 30 winners of 40 races.
Three weeks into the 2015/2016 Australian season, Equiano also jointly (with Bullarook’s Strategic Maneuver) holds first place in the Second Season Sire (by winners) table.
Swettenham stands Equiano for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.