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Moroney stayed distance to get deal over the line

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Written by Paul Vettise

The persistence of international bloodstock agent Paul Moroney could be handsomely rewarded when Sound Check (GER) (Lando {GER}) makes his Australian debut on Saturday.

The 6-year-old will run for the first time for his new ownership group when he steps out in the G1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Cup.

Moroney kept close tabs on Sound Check through the first part of the year and was finally able to purchase him for clients of his brother’s Flemington stable.

Sound Check

“He’s exactly the sort of horse we’ve been looking for, but his owners also bred the horse and were not that keen to sell him,” Mike Moroney said.

“Fortunately for us, we’ve been able to get the deal done and he’s an exciting horse for sure.” – Mike Moroney.

“Fortunately for us, we’ve been able to get the deal done and he’s an exciting horse for sure.”

Sound Check has won seven times up to 3200 metres from 16 starts in his native Germany and hasn’t raced since he finished runner-up in the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin.

He was beaten at level weights, 60kg, by Cup rival Best Solution (IRE) (Kodiac {GB}), who has since won the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden, and on Saturday Sound Check will be two kilos better off.

“He’s an interesting horse with good European form and good form lines through Best Solution.” – Mike Moroney said.

“He’s an interesting horse with good European form and good form lines through Best Solution,” Moroney said.

“I wouldn’t say he’s a heavy stallion by any means. He’s a really athletic horse and he’s nice and bright and fit. He’s a lovely horse to deal with, he’s pretty casual.”

The majority share-holders in the stayer are Gerard Peterson, who was a part-owner in Moroney’s 2000 G1 Melbourne Cup winner Brew (NZ) (Sir Tristram {IRE}), and Rod Duke with other stable clients, including Rupert Legh, involved.

Pedigree notes

Sound Check is a brother to the 2010 German Horse of the Year and G1 Grosser Preis von Europa winner Scalo, their dam Sky Dancing (IRE) (Exit To Nowhere {USA}) was a black type winner in Italy.

Dual Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Wise Dan (USA) (Wiseman’s Ferry {USA}), who headed the 2013 World Thoroughbred Rankings in the mile division, also features in the pedigree.

Moroney will also saddle Vengeur Masque (IRE) (Monsun {GER}) in Saturday’s Cup and he’s been pleased with the 7-year-old this time around.

“I think he’s a long way better than last year,” he said. “We made the decision to not run him in the Melbourne Cup and made some gear changes and he won the Geelong Cup.

“He’s stronger this year and he’s a stayer peaking at the right time.” – Mike Moroney.

“He’s stronger this year and he’s a stayer peaking at the right time.”

A last-start fifth in the G3 Bart Cummings, Vengeur Masque is also part-owned by Legh and Peterson and is out of the unraced Lear Fan (USA) mare Venetian Beauty (USA).

The dam is a sister to the Group 2 winner and Group 1 performer Verviene, who has produced the G1 EP Taylor S., winner Volga (IRE) (Caerleon {USA}) and the G1 Hong Kong Vase winner Vallee Enchantee (IRE) (Peintre Celebre {USA}).

Maid’s Causeway (IRE) (Giant’s Causeway {USA}) is another high-class member on the family roll of honour with a victory in the G1 Coronation S., to her credit.