Moriarty has seized victory in the 2014 Eagle Farm Cup. A stellar run saw Chris Waller‘s gelding top the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup results.
Under an overcast sky at Eagle Farm Racecourse, Moriarty was able to fend off very determined attempts at the lead from Mr O’Ceirin, who settled for second, and Floria, who rounded up the Eagle Farm Cup results in third.
John O’Shea’s Wistful, partnered with jockey Kerrin McEvoy, was the lone Australian horse in a field dominated by Irish and Kiwi horses. McEvoy took Wistful into the lead early on with Mr O’Ceirin settling in just off his flank. Moriarty found a good place there in third for the majority of the race, with Nash Rawiller allowing Wistful and Mr O’Ceirin to set the pace.
Floria found a good position at fourth in the field and jockey Luke Nolen established his dominance over that position, putting the heat on the three leaders and maintaining his own lead over the remainder of the pack.
Coming up to the turn, the field compressed quite a bit. Akzar held his spot five off the lead in preparation for the final run down the straight. The front-runners gradually pulled away from the remainder of the field as they approached the post, but Akzar simply wasn’t able to come through. Lauren Tate, under jockey Damian Browne, put in an admirable effort but in the end settled for the same fate as Akzar – a competitive horse, but simply unable to pull it together on the day.
Chris Waller’s Irish gelding Moriarty entered the race with an impressive handicap of 108, and under the experienced guidance of veteran Nash Rawiller was able to post a very nice run to secure first place. Nash’s brother Brad Rawiller, who partnered Akzar in his Warrnambool Cup win, was unable to coax a greater effort out of the big chestnut gelding to finish in the placings today.
Grafton Cup winner Mr O’Ceirin had a very impressive run under jockey Glen Boss, who guided the gelding to a fantastic run into second.
Perfect Start settled at the rear of the pack early on and maintained that position for the rest of the race. Paying between $101 and $151, Perfect Start was simply outclassed on the day by the form of the more experienced horses.
It looks like we’ll be having another fantastic day at the Eagle Farm Races!
Some rain can be expected at Eagle Farm Racecourse later this evening, rolling in at around 2:30pm. This might have some punting consequences for the later races this evening, including the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at 3:40pm (AEST).