Man O'Moet could go all the way
A HORSE bred in France and brought to Australia as a foal is among 42 nominations for the $30,000 Workers Club Sky Gold Big Maiden at Lismore on Sunday.
The horse, Man O'Moet, is trained at the Gold Coast by Lennie Wheeler who won the race in 2006 with Borsha's Warrior.
Although a four-year-old by southern hemisphere time Man O'Moet is, in reality only a three-year-old because of the six-month difference in the two breeding seasons.
He has shown plenty of ability in his only two starts with a fourth, on debut, at the Gold Coast and a third at Doomben after starting favourite.
“Provided he draws a decent barrier he will start,” Wheeler said.
“It would be great to win the race again. Man O'Moet is a lovely big grey horse and he has plenty of ability.
“He is still a bit of a kid though and has a fair bit of maturing to do.”
Man O'Moet's dam, Fedorova was bought in France by Stratheden Stud at Tamworth with Man O'Moet a foal at foot.
“Stratheden gave him to me as a three-year-old to get him ready for the breeze up sales on the Gold Coast,” Wheeler said.
“The horse showed plenty and the chap who bought him then asked me to train him.”
Fellow Gold Coast trainer Alicia Willick has nominated three horses, My Kirra, the former Sydney-trained Silent Movie and the unraced Akacheeta.
Silent Movie was trained by Rod Craig before being switched to Willick and was placed twice at Warwick Farm and once at Gosford before being sent north.
The Big Maiden has been switched, for the first time, from cup day to the opening day of the carnival on Sunday.
The Rousillon has been moved from Sunday to cup day and prize money increased.
Nominations for three of the minor races on Sunday, the Open Hcp (1100m), the Rating 67 (1000m) and the Rating 67 (2000m) have been extended until this morning.