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Pippie ready to ‘run enormous’ in Moir Stakes

“You don’t get many opportunities to run in a group 1 so having her back is pretty special.”

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Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Damian Lane will take the ride after Pippie’s owners elected to try someone different on her. Linda Meech was the winning jockey on Pippie in the Oakleigh Plate, however Meech is taking time away from racing due to pregnancy.

Meagher said he expected Pippie to dictate the pace up front.

“I certainly won’t be telling Damian to take hold of her because she’s best when you just allow her to roll,” he said.

“We certainly won’t be giving up the lead if we don’t have to. Because she’s so brilliant out of the gates, she’ll be a length in front after they’ve gone 100 metres.

“While she’s showing us that speed, you can’t take it away from her. If she does jump for some unknown reason and settle third or fourth we’ll be happy to stay there but going on her Oakleigh Plate run [she’ll be leading].”

Linda Meech rides Pippie to victory in this year's Oakleigh Plate.

Linda Meech rides Pippie to victory in this year’s Oakleigh Plate.Credit:Getty Images

However, rain forecast across the weekend has Meagher in some doubt about how well she’ll perform. “The only slight concern is the weather,” he said.

“She gets through it. She won a heavy 10 trial here last time in, but she wasn’t comfortable on it. The worst she’s run on is a soft 7, so if they get the rain they’re talking about I think it’ll be worse than that.”

The state of the track is expected to be a huge factor in how the race is run.

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West Australian sprinter Fabergino, a winner of nine from 12, is the early favourite for the 1000m race but has only once raced on soft ground – a race she came third in – while McEwen Stakes winner Bella Vella won’t mind the wet but has drawn a tricky gate in barrier one.

Mudlark Jungle Edge has been well supported by punters for Friday night’s race, while Diamond Effort has been kept safe in markets, which were altered on Thursday morning after three-year-old filly Away Game was scratched due to a temperature.

Tiarnna Robertson, Fabergino’s trainer, said if the Valley escaped a deluge of rain she expected her mare to run well. She added the soft track was not to blame for Fabergino’s only failure on that surface.

“We don’t get a whole lot of rain in Perth and she’s done most of her racing over the summer when they have those sprint races,” she told RSN on Thursday morning.

“I think we’d be pretty comfortable if it was in that soft 5 range but there’s obviously a question mark if we get more than that.”

Meanwhile, Danny O’Brien’s Caulfield Guineas contender Flying Award has been scratched from Friday night’s Stutt Stakes in favour of Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

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