In Good Health closes on Caulfield Cup

In Good Health (Image: Racing Photos)

In Good Health entered Peter Moody’s new Pakenham stable with modest expectations but in the space of four starts is one win away from a berth in the Caulfield Cup.

The five-year-old Congrats mare made her debut for Moody when third in a $60,000 Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on July 18.

“When she came into my stable I was happy to win a mid-weeker and send her to stud,” Moody said.

That mid-week win followed second-up over 1500 metres at Sandown Hillside on August 12 under Benchmark 70 handicap conditions but In Good Health was not finished.

She won the $140,000 Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) at Caulfield on August 29 before producing a spirited on-pace display from a wide barrier when fourth in the $160,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on September 19.

“She’s a good mare, on her last run in the Naturalism she’d be one of the chances in the Caulfield Cup on that.”

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In Good Health has drawn barrier two of 11 for this Saturday’s $300,000 G2 Neds Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), much to Moody’s delight as it allows Luke Nolen the option of riding a patient race.

“She doesn’t have to lead, I’d love to see her settle third or fourth, pop out and do no work for the first half of the race,” he said.

“You’d love for the race (the Herbert Power) to be over 2000 metres because we know she runs it but she ran in an Oaks as a three-year-old,” Moody added, referring to her 11th in the 2019 Queensland Oaks (2400m).

The winner of the Herbert Power Stakes is granted ballot-free exemption for the $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) seven days later.

In Good Health is a $7 third favourite behind the Naturalism Stakes quinella of Orderofthegarter ($2.35) and Chapada ($6.50) to win the Herbert Power Stakes with Sportsbet, while she is at $151 to win the Caulfield Cup, with nothing less than victory in the Herbert Power Stakes to earn her a spot in the field.


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