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Mo’unga, a New Zealand-bred horse named after star All Blacks five-eighth Richie Mo’unga, is pictured profitable at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens in September. Mo’unga is rated a superb likelihood in Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas.
It’s a good wager Richie Mo’unga will probably be taking a passing curiosity within the end result of Race 8, the Group One Caulfield Guineas value $2.17 million in Melbourne on Saturday night.
For the All Black first five-eighths has an equine equal looking for to make a reputation for himself in opposition to a few of Australia’s finest three-year previous gallopers.
Mo’unga, the horse, will face the best take a look at of his brief profession when he makes an attempt to increase his unbeaten profitable streak to 4, however in opposition to the hardest area he has confronted.
In his first group naming, Foster has opted to make use of Beauden Barrett at fullback once more with Richie Mo’unga at No.10.
In the meantime, on this aspect of the Tasman, Mo’unga the rugby participant may also take a look at himself in opposition to Australian opposition in Wellington on Sunday.
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Mo’unga is aware of in regards to the horse who’s New Zealand bred and was bought on the Karaka yearling gross sales in 2019.
He crossed the Tasman and was positioned within the care of crack Sydney coach Chris Waller, an expatriate Kiwi from Foxton and, at his newest victory in Sydney, was ridden by one other expat New Zealand, prime jockey James McDonald.
He obtained the tick of approval forward of the Guineas (1600m) throughout the week when ridden in trackwork by his raceday rider Damien Oliver.He mentioned the rising star dealt with the monitor and going left-handed completely.
‘‘He actually acquired across the left-handed method at Caulfield for the primary time pretty much as good as you may ask for. I used to be pleased with him,’’ Oliver mentioned.
‘‘You simply need to see a horse coming from Sydney adapt to going left-handed for the primary time and make the turns effectively. It’s a bonus in the event that they take all of it of their stride, which he appeared to do that morning.
‘‘He’s a pleasant, relaxed kind of horse. He was actually adaptable, will get over loads of floor. I couldn’t have been happier with what I felt for the primary time sitting on him.’’
The three-year-old colt has received every of his three begins, together with a dominant efficiency within the Listed Dulcify High quality (1500m) at Rosehill final month.
Will probably be Mo’unga’s first try at group-level racing and Oliver mentioned he felt there was nonetheless a whole lot of room for enchancment with the horse.
‘‘He appears like a horse that’s nonetheless on the way in which up, to me. He hasn’t in all probability raced on the highest degree but, however there actually appears like there’s room for enchancment with him,’’ Oliver mentioned.
NZ Racing Desk