Some winnings from Moody’s Kiwi recruits

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The ex-Kiwi gelding tightens up for Toorak after a great Sandown success

It was hard to imagine I Wish I Win being more impressive than his four-length antics of Caulfield on his Australian debut in Sunday’s $175,000 Testa Rossa Stakes, but the ex-Kiwi gelding did just that.

The Peter Moody-trained rising star came from a seemingly impossible position to win the 1300m Listed race.

I Wish I Win was held up in traffic for the first half of the long Sandown straight but exploded once clear to knock off the classy gelding Ayrton.

While most onlookers would be wondering from 500m whether the son of Savabeel would get a chance to repay the faith of the punters who backed him at $1.70, jockey Luke Nolen had faith in the four-year-old.

“I knew I was fine,” he said. “I knew I was on the best horse in the race. I was confident.

“I made a move but he was very good over the line. Patience is a virtue. We were a nice patient and it paid off.’

Another credit to the win was that I Wish I Win finished a length ahead of Ayrton ($3.70), while the $51 pop Bandersnatch was a close third.

The Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 8 is the likely next start for I Wish I Win, who ran at Sandown after missing last week’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, where he is now the $2.80 TAB favorite .

“He feels like an elite horse, so we’ll definitely have some fun with him,” Nolen said.

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