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Moriarty shoots to top of betting for Metropolitan Handicap

Moriarty signalled he will be a major player in the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) on October 5 following a strong win in the Hill Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick.

The Chris Waller trained galloper was too strong for Glencadam Gold, winner of the Metropolitan Handicap last year, and Masked Marvel in the weight-for-age Group 2 event.

“The writing has been on the wall this preparation,” Waller said.

“His last start run was terrific with some condition still on him.

“There’s a Group I race next start so we needed him to do something today and he’s duly delivered.”

Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Moriarty settled back in the field and relished the rise in distance to 2000m as he surged late in the straight to gun down leader Glencadam Gold.

“There’s not too many horses in training that can run 2400 metres with his turn of foot. He’s the one to beat in the Metropolitan,” Rawiller said.

Moriarty is on the second line of betting for the Metropolitan at $4.60, just behind favourite Prince Cheri at $4.20.

Victory in the Hill Stakes was the fifth stakes success for Moriarty, who was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale for 90,000gns.

Moriarty signalled he will be a major player in the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) on October 5 following a strong win in the Hill Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick.

The Chris Waller trained galloper was too strong for Glencadam Gold, winner of the Metropolitan Handicap last year, and Masked Marvel in the weight-for-age Group 2 event.

“The writing has been on the wall this preparation,” Waller said.

“His last start run was terrific with some condition still on him.

“There’s a Group I race next start so we needed him to do something today and he’s duly delivered.”

Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Moriarty settled back in the field and relished the rise in distance to 2000m as he surged late in the straight to gun down leader Glencadam Gold.

“There’s not too many horses in training that can run 2400 metres with his turn of foot. He’s the one to beat in the Metropolitan,” Rawiller said.

Moriarty is on the second line of betting for the Metropolitan at $4.60, just behind favourite Prince Cheri at $4.20.

Victory in the Hill Stakes was the fifth stakes success for Moriarty, who was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale for 90,000gns.