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Bluebloods set for Moe clash

At first glance it might appear a modest mid-winter meeting at Moe but that will not stop some of the well-bred horseflesh hitting the track on Thursday.

John McArdle's Hummalong and the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Singing Sword are among six debiutants in the $35,000 maiden that opens the 10-race card, while a half-sister to Group 1 winner English will make her Victorian debut for Anthony Freedman.

A $100,000 purchase at last year's Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Hummalong is a half-sister to stablemate Humma Humma, who won the Listed Redelva Stakes for McArdle in April.

Singing Sword has been given extensive education at the Flemington jumpouts with five outings since January.

The homebred daughter of Written Tycoon is raced by David Moodie's Hesket Bloodstock, who also bred and raced her Stakes-winning siblings Sword Of Light and Sword Of Justice.

And Paris, a half-sister to All Aged Stakes and Doomben 10,000 winner English, will step out for the first time since joining Freedman's Pinecliff stables at Mornington.

Raced by Peter Moody in partnership with Newgate Farm, the filly was formerly prepared by Clarry Conners and finished behind Hightail and Sun Patch in two Sydney runs.

Sam Freedman said while the filly had displayed nice ability in her work, Thursday's race was a measuring stick to give connections an indication of her progress since arriving in Victoria.

"We haven't given her a public jumpout but she's jumped out at Pinecliff and I think she goes quite well," Freedman said.

"We're not going to the races with any huge expectations tomorrow but it will give us a better idea of where we're at with her.

"She's shown in her work that she can handle soft track."
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