Talented West Aussie galloper Money Maher will land in Melbourne on Monday ahead of the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville.
Having already had a successful campaign by winning the Fairetha Stakes (1400m), JC Roberts Stakes (1800m) and the Melvista Stakes (2200m) at Ascot, the three-year-old will be hoping to add the Derby to his resume.
If successful, the colt by Al Maher would follow the footsteps of talented mare Delicacy which was by the same sire and had success in South Australia when winning the Group 1 Australasian Oaks and Group 1 South Australian Derby in 2015 with Peter Hall in the saddle.
Despite being no match for eventual winner Action in the recent WATC Derby (2400m), Dan and Ben Pearce are still confident that Money Maher can match it with the better three-year-olds around the country.
“He’s had an amazing preparation so far, although he didn’t win the WATC Derby he deserves an opportunity like this,” Ben Pearce said.
“He’s still a colt, so if he was able to win this race it would be a massive bonus for the connections in the future.”
Money Maher and the team will travel straight to Warrnambool where he’ll stay at Stealth Lodge with Jarrod McLean before heading to Morphettville next Wednesday.
Well-respected jockey Jarrad Noske will retain the ride on the colt and provide him with another opportunity interstate.
Noske who rode Black Caviar to her first two victories has been fortunate enough to have experiences at Caulfield and Moonee Valley in recent times due to his affiliation with Rock Magic.
“I’m excited and grateful that the connections have put their faith in me again and have provided me with this opportunity in a Group 1 race,” Noske said.
“Hopefully we draw a nice barrier and then I have no doubt we’ll be right in it.”
Money Maher will be hoping to emulate Dainty Tess with success in South Australia after she proved too strong when winning the Group 3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville on April 21.
The four-year-old mare has now won 12 races from her 33 starts and placed on another 16 occasions and will chase Group 1 success when she takes her place in the Group 1 Sangster this Saturday.