Moroney hoping to farewell Kasim with a win Fri, 10 Aug 2012
Mike Moroney is hoping a return to the winning list for his talented colt African Pulse can double as a send-off for his departing apprentice Harry Kasim at Flemington on Saturday.
Moroney has entrusted Kasim with the ride on African Pulse in the John Colwell and Balwant Singh Handicap (1000m) on what is likely to be the jockey's last day's racing in Australia. Kasim rode for Moroney in New Zealand before joining the stable in Melbourne earlier this year and moves on to Singapore after this weekend.
As well as African Pulse, Moroney has engaged Kasim another well fancied stable member, Noble Park, in the John Cowl and Paul Grace Handicap (1710m).
"It'd be great to send him off with a winner," Moroney said. "Both his rides are in with a good chance."
Kasim is yet to land a winner in Melbourne, but has ridden 87 in a career that began in Malaysia and is to continue in the stable of Stephen Burridge, the former Melbourne jockey who is now one of Singapore's leading trainers.
For Moroney, the three-kilogram allowance that will bring African Pulse in with 57kg is a large part of the attraction in putting Kasim up.
"We had him ready a couple of weeks ago but we had to scratch him because he had an elevated temperature," Moroney said. "With 60kg he would have found it tough, but Harry's claim brings him into the race."
African Pulse hasn't raced since finishing fifth in the Gosford Guineas last April and before that was a good fourth behind Hallowell Belle in the Darby Munro Stakes at Rosehill. But the four-year-old has a perfect first-up record and Moroney believes he will maintain it over a course and distance that should suit ideally.
The focus of heavy backing at his last start when second to Prince Of Capers over 1600 metres at Flemington, Noble Park is again in the market despite a wide draw on a track rated a heavy eight on Friday.