Despite having experienced racing’s highest highs with Might And Power, Nick Moraitis found it hard to contain his emotions after Arabian Gold’s Group Three win at Randwick.
The Davis Vandyke-trained filly was sent out favourite in the Frank Packer Plate (2000m) and Moraitis admitted he felt the pressure.
“I’m just so happy. There is always pressure when you have the favourite and people want her win,” Moraitis said.
“Even with Might And Power I felt the pressure. You don’t want to let people down.”
The 1997 Frank Packer Plate was the beginning of an incredible journey for Moraitis and Might And Power who went on to win the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups later that year.
Arabian Gold will now target a Group One of her own in the Queensland Oaks, all being well.
She scared a few of her supporters when she pig-rooted in the parade ring and kicked the plastic rail.
But Vandyke was unconcerned.
“She was just having a bit of fun,” he said.
The race momentarily looked as if it be devoid of celebration when Arabian Gold ($2.15) was hemmed in on the fence.
After trying for a run to the outside, Damien Oliver took her back to the rail and she pushed up to beat Pheidon ($8.50) by 1-1/4 lengths with Malice ($9) the same margin third.
“We will look at the Queensland Oaks now,” Vandyke said.
“We tried her over the distance in the spring and I always said if we did it again it would be Brisbane.
“To win this race for Nick after Might And Power won it is very special.”
Pheidon’s trainer Gai Waterhouse said he was likely to go for a spell but Equator, who finished fifth after leading into the straight, would go to Brisbane.
“Equator is a very gross horse who takes a lot of racing to get hard-fit,” she said.
“The jockey also said the ground was slightly shifty which didn’t suit him.”