Extreme Choice destroys them in Moir Stakes

Oct 12, 2016

The chassis is not especially big but Extreme Choice showed an outstanding motor when beating Australia’s best sprinters in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Extreme Choice took on international winner Chautauqua and multiple Group 1 winner Buffering, who were among a smart field engaged in the $500,000 contest but the Mick Price-trained colt produced a terrific finish to score a brilliant first-up win.

Carrying the colours of the China Horse Club, Extreme Choice settled in the second half of the field on the inside of Chautauqua until Craig Newitt pushed him along on the home turn.

Extreme Choice motored away from Chautauqua before roaring home in the last 200m to score a decisive and vital Group 1 win at his first three-year-old appearance.

Price paid tribute to the son of Not A Single Doubt, who proved himself an inspired purchase by the China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and Aquis Farm after the trio bought shares in the colt after his Blue Diamond Sakes win.

"That's him - it was a very tough race with some very good horses in it and he beat them," Price said.

"He's a stud colt and that's what this race was all about.

"When we drew the outside we all had a look at it but it's a Group One and we didn't want to take a backward step - that's the horse and he proved tonight he's a real stud colt.

Price will continue to chase Group 1 contests with Extreme Choice, who is likely to vault into the top echelon of the world’s sprinters when the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities releases its next round of World Thoroughbred Rankings.

"The Coolmore Stud Stakes is a stallion making race and it's a month between runs so we will run in the Blue Sapphire (Stakes) at Caulfield (Oct 12) and then into the Coolmore but it wouldn't worry me if we didn't run in the Blue Sapphire," Price said.

"Tonight was about franking his stud value. Newgate Stud and his owners have put a lot of money and faith in him and they are going to get it back."

Congratulations to Extreme Choice’s owners and all involved in his amazing win, which was his fourth from five starts and took his stakes tally to more than $1.65 million.