Four Moves Ahead shines again
Four Moves Ahead is an even better prospect for the Golden Slipper after the promising juvenile maintained her unbeaten record in the Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Trained by John Sargent, Four Moves Ahead made a deep impression when winning by two and three-quarter lengths on the Kensington track in Sydney in January and she was originally slated to line-up in the Group 2 Silver Slipper last weekend.
However, an eleventh-hour knock to the knee put paid to that plan, but the daughter of Snitzel showed no ill-effects of that setback when she downed She’s All Class by a neck in the $200,000 Group 2. The front two pulled two lengths clear of Mallory in third.
Four Moves Ahead is bred in the purple being out of a half-sister to Prix de l'Opera heroine Dalkala, while she was passed in with a $300,000 reserve at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and was retained to race by Jonathan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing.
That result looks a positive one now as she is set to become her trainer’s first runner in the $3.5million Golden Slipper at Rosehill on March 20th.
"We've got three weeks now if she comes through it to the Slipper and we can crank up her work and she'll be a fitter horse then," Sargent said.
Reflecting on the setback that ruled his charge out of the Silver Slipper, Sargent added: "We've had a hard last ten days.
"We could only get the saddle on her on Tuesday for a gallop and apart from that she has just swum and been led off the pony, so it was great to get the result today and we can move on."
Crystal Lily was the last horse to complete the Sweet Embrace-Slipper double when she triumphed in 2010, with Four Moves Ahead now 5.50 to win the Golden Slipper.
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