Sound (Image: Racing Photos)

Moroney still rues Sound's missed chance

The Sydney Cup of 2020 looked the perfect race for Sound to finally break through and claim an elusive Group 1.

The only problem was, after running second in the Auckland Cup when beaten by less than a length, he was stranded in New Zealand due to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis gripping the world.

Not surprisingly, trainer Mike Moroney views it as the one that got away for the veteran stayer.

"He was a year younger then obviously and he's no spring chicken now," he said.

"The wear and tear on those old stayers gets a little bit more and certainly he was in better form last season than he is in this."

Sound (GER)

Trainer M.D.Moroney
Age 8YO
Sex Horse
Colour Brown or Black
Prize Money $1,053,668
Last 5 62312
Career 38-8-6-3
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That's not to say Moroney thinks Sound is out of the equation in the 2021 renewal of the Sydney Cup, a race which appears as open as the Sydney Heads.

"He's got a pretty good record at two miles and he's in nicely enough at the weights," Moroney said.

Moroney has both Sound and stablemate Chapada in the race and while the bookies have the latter as the better chance, the trainer feels they might well have it the wrong way around.

"He (Sound) is the one that's proven at the trip whereas the other horse (Chapada) is unproven," he explained.

"He's bred to get it, but at this stage he's shown glimpses that he may not."


Trainer M.D.Moroney
Age 5YO
Sex Gelding
Colour Bay
Prize Money $1,012,440
Last 5 -7359
Career 29-3-3-7
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The third Moroney horse in action on Day 2 of The Championships is Tofane.

She'll contest the G2 Sapphire Stakes almost a year to the day from when she claimed her only G1 to date in the All Aged Stakes.

"We're drawn off the track (barrier 15) but it may be the best place by then," Moroney said.

"She's really well and she's travelled well overnight, her jumpouts have been good and her work has been good, but she usually takes one run."

Tofane, carrying the topweight of 58kg, is rated a $12 chance with TAB.

Tofane (NZ)

Trainer M.D.Moroney
Age 5YO
Sex Mare
Colour Bay
Prize Money $1,308,720
Last 5 3597-
Career 18-5-2-2
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