2014 Moonga Stakes Results: Lucky Hussler Finishes Strong

October 18th, 2014

Lucky Hussler has stamped his dominance on the 2014 Moonga Stakes this afternoon, taking out the 1400m event ahead of Under The Louvre in second and Generalife in third.

Lucky Hussler wins the Moonga Stakes with Glen Boss on board. Source: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Lucky Hussler wins the Moonga Stakes with Glen Boss on board. Source: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Final Crescendo had a very good jump from the barriers. Admire Inazuma was a touch slower away. In the early stages of the race Damien Oliver took River Lad outside while Steven Arnold went straight to the front of the pack with Limes.

The Moonga Stakes promised an exciting battle between some leading geldings and entires, with no mares in the final field of the 1400m event. It certainly delivered on that promise, with an absolutely cracking contest between leading runners Limes and Flamberge early in the race. Behind them came Raizan and outside them was River Lad. Final Crescendo maintained a position about four or five off the lead.

Leebaz and Manawanui fought for position on the rail. Nicholas Hall kept Under The Louvre well back in the field waiting on a final charge.

At the end though, Lucky Hussler was simply too classy for the rest of the field. The five year old gelding shot away and had a two length lead at the 50m mark that only got bigger at the post.

Heading into the Moonga Stakes, Leebaz and Manawanui fought a tight battle for punters’ favour. The pair were equal favourite for most of the morning, just ahead of Generalife.

The Group 1 $3 million Caulfield Cup will run later this afternoon, with a star-studded field that includes notable mare Lucia Valentina, Chris Waller’s Junoob and 6 year old gelding Brambles.

The full list of 2014 Moonga Stakes results is provided below.

2014 Moonga Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 13 57.5kg $10
2 9 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 3.25L 8 56.5kg $7
3 8 GENERALIFE John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 4.25L 14 56.5kg $7
4 3 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon Tye Angland 5.25L 10 57.5kg $8
5 2 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter Ben Melham 5.35L 4 59.5kg $21
6 4 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Chad Schofield 7.85L 6 57.5kg $21
7 7 LIMES John O’Shea Steven Arnold 8.05L 7 56.5kg $31
8 6 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 8.55L 3 57.5kg $5.50F
9 14 RAIZAN (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Christophe Lemaire 9.3L 5 56kg $91
10 1 RIVER LAD Natalie McCall Damien Oliver 9.4L 12 59.5kg $14
11 12 FINAL CRESCENDO David Kelly Craig Newitt 9.6L 1 56kg $41
12 11 MUTUAL TRUST (GB) Sam Pritchard-Gordon Craig Williams 10.35L 11 56kg $26
13 13 RYKER Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 11.6L 9 56kg $21
14 10 ADMIRE INAZUMA (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda Zac Purton 16.85L 2 56kg $6.50