Thermal Win Could Signal Change To Current Trophy

Thermal Current ridden by Damian Lane wins the W.J. Adams Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday (Racing Photos).


David and Jenny Moodie’s Contract Racing has bred and raced a lot of good horses over the years. Some very good and some great.

Three of them have won the prestigious Melbourne sprint … the Group One Oakleigh Plate: Miss Kournikova (2001), River Dove (2003) and Flamberge (2016).

It pretty much goes without saying that the trophy cabinet in the Moodie household is considerable and after Flamberge’s victory last year, the Moodies had the three Oakleigh Plates mounted side by side.

They might well have to make space for a fourth after the thrilling victory of Thermal Current in Saturday’s Listed Le Pine Funerals WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield.

Settling with the tail of the pack early on, Thermal Current hugged the rail until well into the home stretch before finding a split and surging for a solid win.

Trainer Darren Weir, who has now had the sprinter for 10 of his 34 starts, was quick off the mark and indicated the now 6YO would be aimed at the $500,000 Oakleigh Plate on February 25.

“It (the Oakleigh Plate) is certainly an option and he should get in with a relatively light weight,” Jenny Moodie reveals. “Thermal Current has been a tremendous horse for us … the WJ Adams was his fourth stakes victory, following on from the (Group Three) Red Anchor, (Group Three) McKay and (Listed) Hareeba.

“He’s now won over $600,000 and undoubtedly deserves his shot at the Oakleigh Plate.

“That’s a terrific family he’s from too. Thermal Current is closely related to (Group One) Queensland Derby winner, Eagle Way, along with Assertive Eagle and Impressive Eagle, while his dam – Soaressa – was a very a good horse for us, winning a stakes race as well.

“Aside from Thermal Current, Soaressa has got a very good 3YO in Summer Wind who won at Sandown in January, along with a promising 2YO – Prevailing Winds – who is a full brother to Thermal Current and is also with Darren Weir.”

With both Summer Wind and Prevailing Winds now racing under ‘Hesket Bloodstock’ – an association formed between the Moodies and Ashley Hardwick – a Redoute’s Choice yearling from Soaressa will be offered by Amarina Farm at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April.

An Oakleigh Plate victory would be an important catalogue update to say the least!

Indeed, the Moodies might well be spoilt for choice in the Oakleigh Plate as Flamberge is a possibility to line up against Thermal Current come February 25.

“No decision has been made at this stage, but Flamberge is definitely shaping as a chance for the (Group One) Lightning or another tilt at the Oakleigh Plate,” Moodie adds.

Either way, an extension to the Moodie ‘pool room’ could well be on the cards.

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