Moriarty looks set to be a contender in the major staying races of the Sydney autumn carnival following a fast-finishing third behind Appearance in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
Second-up from a break, Moriarty charged late after being held up in the straight to finish under two lengths from the high-flying Apperance with Speediness third.
Jockey Corey Brown was delighted with the performance and was adamant the six-year-old imported gelding should have finished a clear second.
“I just got held up behind horses that weren’t taking me anywhere in the straight but once he pulled to the outside he really let down with a nice turn of foot,” Brown said.
“I don’t think I would have beaten Appearance, she is flying at the moment, but he should have got close and finished a clear second.”
Moriarty, who finished a close third in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes last preparation, is likely to progress to the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm before tackling the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on his home track at Rosehill Gardens.
Trainer Chris Waller has Moriarty nominated for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes, $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and $1 million Sydney Cup.