Sheidel is yet to win at Moonee Valley but her co-trainer David Hayes has pointed to a couple of factors he believes could spark a big performance from the mare in the Group One Moir Stakes.
This year’s Oakleigh Plate winner is one of three runners for the Lindsay Park stable in Friday night’s 1000m weight-for-age sprint along with Faatinah and Derryn who are both first-up.
Sheidel finished fourth in the Group Three The Heath at Caulfield first-up on September 2 and Hayes said the mare had since visited a stallion to be served with the intention to race on through spring before being retired.
Sheidel will have blinkers on in a race for the first time.
“Sheidel has been covered in between starts,” Hayes said.
“And she has got blinkers. So she’s got two major changes.
“Her Valley record is poor but I think with those two changes she could go very, very well.”
Sheidel has champion Hong Kong-based jockey Joao Moreira aboard, who has two wins from three rides on the mare including the Oakleigh Plate.
“That’s another big plus,” Hayes said.
“I think she’ll run very well. The only query is the Valley.”
Sheidel has not won in her three Moonee Valley starts.
Five-year-old Faatinah, runner-up to Sheidel in this year’s Oakleigh Plate, is first-up since finishing 15th in the Group One Goodwood in May and has barrier one in the capacity field.
Hayes has put blinkers back on Faatinah for his first-up run.
“If he jumps well in the blinkers he should get a lovely run,” Hayes said.
“His trackwork and trials have been really good. He’s working like a Group One horse. He’s a Group One placegetter at his best, so he might have developed. Being by Nicconi, they get better with age.”
Hayes will be looking for Derryn, who also has blinkers back on after racing without them last campaign, to storm home.
“If there’s a swooper in the race, he’ll be ridden to do that,” Hayes said.
“He could run very well too.
“His trials have been great.”
Russian Revolution is the $2.90 favourite ahead of Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign ($3.90) who makes her spring return, while Sheidel is at $7.