Dissident goes out on top in the All Aged Stakes

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rarely does a horse get to go out on top, but Dissident did just that in winning the All Aged Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Jockey Jim Cassidy was moved to tears after a tough week in which his sister-in-law Marion died; trainer Peter Moody beamed with pride at the Sebring colt he bought on speck; and  breeder Henry Field of Newgate Farm sung the praises of both.

“He would be in a paddock at home if it wasn’t for Pete,” Field said. “He told me that he would win this race and the way he said it gave me so much confidence.

“Pete rang me after the Futurity and said ‘he is the elite of the elite, keep him going and I’ll make him horse of the year’.

“He was right. After he was beaten in the Futurity he wasn’t right and it wouldn’t have been the right way for him to finish then. Some time you have to trust the best trainer in the country. He was right.

“But how about the ride, Jimmy just gave him every chance and he lifted him to victory.”

It was Dissident’s fifth group 1 and fourth for the season and he has proven the superior horse at 1400-metre winning three of them at that trip.

“I’ve had the pleasure of retiring three group 1 winners at the top —  Typhoon Tracy, Black Caviar and Dissident. The first two were horse of the year winners. This bloke has put his hand up to be number three,” Moody said.

“He is just such a great fighter and doesn’t give in. That showed what a great horse he is there. He was there for all them to run down and they couldn’t do it.

“He will go and be a stallion  and hopefully be just as good at that.”

It capped a wonderful day for Moody, who won  the other group 1 for the day,  the Champagne Stakes, with Pasadena Girl and the Packer Plate with Hi World.

In a race that was dominated by on speed runners. Cassidy sat outside three-year-old Wandjina and eyeballed him and Dissident was simply too strong. The margin on the post was a head with the unlucky Chautauqua another long neck back in third as the field went across the field in a blanket finish.

“He is just a fighter this bloke he was never going to get beaten,” Cassidy said. “It would be one of my most emotional group 1s because of losing Marion. It has been tough for [wife] Vicki and her dad and mum Charlie and Lorraine. If me winning a group 1 can help them then I glad I could do it.”  Gai Waterhouse had to settle for her second group 1 runner-up finish of the day but was proud of Wandjina. “He’s the best three-year-old in Australia and he marked himself that today. This is a really good quality field and this should be the $4 million race,” Waterhouse said.

“There are half-a-dozen stallions in the race. I’ll leave it to the owners to decide [about next season], but I’m very happy with the colt.”

Favourite Chautauqua was a brave effort after getting flushed three-wide at the 800m mark when the pace was steady. He was planted wide from there on and appeared to be going to finish midfield. “He ended up three wide from the 800m and never got really balanced,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.  “When he did he got going again late. It was a huge run.”

Chautauqua’s rider Tommy Berry said:  “They didn’t give me much room when they crossed me. Then they steadied the brakes and he’s never really had that. He half locked his jaw a little bit.”

In the charge to the line over the final 100m, Lucky Hussler, which finished fourth, ran out and hampered Generalife, which ran sixth,  which caused steward Greg Rudolph to lodge a protest.

It was upheld moving Scissor Kick to fourth, Generalife to fifth and Lucky Hussler back to sixth.

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