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Caulfield trainer Peter Moody is satisfied he has found a Manikato Stakes replacement for Black Caviar by saving stablemate Wanted for a crack at Australia’s best sprinters in Friday week’s Group I sprint.

Moody is hoping his burgeoning three-year-old stocks have enough depth to simply interchange Wanted for the unbeaten filly Black Caviar in Moonee Valley’s showpiece sprint.

The son of Fastnet Rock was entered for the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before Moody decided Wanted was capable of winning the Manikato Stakes.

“I was going to run Black Caviar in the Manikato Stakes but she got injured so I thought Wanted can come off the bench and replace her,” Moody said.

Wanted’s solid second when resuming in the Group II Danehill Stakes at Flemington prompted Moody’s decision which was needed after Black Caviar tore chest muscles while recording her fourth straight win.

“He ran her to a length first-up at Flemington,” he said. “They ran quicker time than the open sprinters so we thought he could be good enough to catch them with a light weight.”

Meanwhile, a share in Hanks, Moody’s impressive Sandown winner on Wednesday, is for sale.

Moody said the unbeaten son of Encosta De Lago has been on the market for “a little while.”

“He’s a horse with enormous upside once he develops into his big frame,” Moody said. “He’ll be a really good type when he fully matures but right now he could measure up to a Derby in the spring or autumn.”


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