Trainer Peter Moody is expecting the speedy filly Avenue to bounce back from a first-up defeat in Friday nightâ€™s Group III Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Avenue resumed with an honest second at Flemington on September 5 with the winner of the race Irish Lights franking the form with an outstanding win in the Group III Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield last Saturday.
â€œShe got beaten by a filly who looks like a really strong chance for the Thousand Guineas,â€ Moody said. â€œAvenue did most of the work near the speed and got run over by a filly with a big future.â€
The daughter of Anabaa was an impressive debut winner at Moonee Valley in February, showing the same liking of the tricky track as her illustrious full-sister, the 2006 Australia Stakes winner Virage De Fortune.
â€œHer ability around Moonee Valley is an advantage sheâ€™ll have on Friday night,â€ Moody said. â€œSheâ€™s an on-pace runner which helps at the Valley as well.â€
Moody said Avenue will have no trouble with the rise to 1200 metres, especially if jockey Luke Nolen can give the three-year-old a gentle trip near the speed.
Meanwhile, the Moody stable will saddle two runners, Umanugget and Star Scream, in the Group II Stutt Stakes (1600m).
â€œTheyâ€™ll both go pretty well,â€ Moody said. â€œStar Scream will race near the speed while Umanugget will sit off them and need a bit of speed on.
â€œTheyâ€™re both in good order and should be hard to beat, especially Star Scream who makes his own luck.â€