2015 Caulfield Guineas on the Rader for Odyssey Moon

August 18th, 2015

Trainer Rod Northam has been pleased with the form and class displayed by Group 1 prospect Odyssey Moon in the lead-up to his Spring Carnival return, and has confirmed the 2015 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is likely to figure as the major target for the three-year-old this season.

Odyssey Moon appears likely to target the 2015 Caulfield Guineas this season. Photo: Steve Hart

Odyssey Moon appears likely to target the 2015 Caulfield Guineas this season. Photo: Steve Hart

Odyssey Moon was a strong and consistent performer for Northam through the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival; claiming one win a three minors through a total of seven starts, highlighted by a close second to Pride Of Dubai in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

Having also included the son of Snitzel in nominations for the 2015 Cox Plate (2040m), Northam was pleased with a gallop completed by the three-year-old at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning and confirmed Saturday’s Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) will figure as his first competitive point of call this time.

Damien (Oliver) said he handled the track fine and was happy enough with him,” Northam told Racing Victoria.

“He never really works well and you don’t get any indication until you take him to the races which can make you worry but he seems to produce on race day.

“He’s had the two nice trials and fitness isn’t an issue. He pulled up brilliantly this morning so I really don’t need to do much with him this week apart from getting him feeling really well and fresh and ready for the 1200 on Saturday.”

Odyssey Moon returned to the paddock after finishing sixth in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) on April 18th, but Northam is confident the benefit taken by the three-year-old in his time away from racing will see him far more effective over a mile this time.

“If he’s made a couple of lengths improvement since his two-year-old season then I think he’s right in the mix for the Guineas,” Northam said.

“I was trying to hold him back to 1200m as a two-year-old the Slipper but I think he was probably always more of a 1400m to 1600m horse.

“Physically he’s developed but I think he’s still probably six months away. He’s not the most robust sort of horse but he has improved since he was a two-year-old and mentally he’s probably improved as well.”

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