Peter Moses says Sea Struck is a legitimate chance and won’t be making up the numbers when he tackles the Electrolux Maiden (1320m) at Geraldton’s season-opening meeting on Sunday.
The Akhenaton gelding will strive to give Moses a massive boost as he launches his comeback to Geraldton’s training ranks after a ten year absence.
Moses last prepared a horse at the famed Utakarra racecourse in 2005 when Firm Edge ran a short-head second to Manzi Belle over 1300m.
Moses has established a training establishment at Walkaway and is seeking racing’s fortune after gold prospecting in Meekatharra.
“My wife Julie and two young children had been back in Geraldton for the past 18 months so it was time to return,” said Moses.
“I have four horses in work with about three to come in including one from the eastern states so it’s been fairly flat out.
“Training is still a hobby and part-time as I’m working at Mid West Sand Supplies but I’m keen to give it a real crack.
“I’m really enjoying every minute of it and who knows where it can lead and what can happen in the future.”
Moses was given a reality check when Sea Struck had an ignominious start to his racing career at Carnarvon in September.
Optimism was heightened after a trial win but the six-year-old failed to fire a shot and trailed Five Inch Heels by 15 lengths.
“He did everything wrong and got his tongue over the bit,” said Moses.
“He let us down because our expectations were high.
“I’ve made a couple of adjustments which I think will help.
“He is a nice big strong grey horse who is only having his second race start.
“I expect him to go well and he is ready to have an impact.”
Meanwhile Perth trainer Lindsey Smith sprung a surprise when he said up and coming middle distance galloper, Zarantz, would target next year’s Geraldton Cup.
The Choisir gelding is spelling after stringing together four in a line at Belmont, sparking debate he would tackle the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day.
“I will stick with my original aim and set him for the Geraldton Cup,” said Smith.
“It looks a suitable race and will toughen him up.
“He is a big ‘kid’ and I think we should nurse him through the next stages.”
Julio Santarelli: RWWA