Today Victoria’s Mornington Racecourse will be host to a cracker 10-race programme including the $250,000 2YO Inglis Premier (1200m) where a number of 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes hopefuls will face off.
The 2011 2YO Inglis Premier has drawn a capacity final field of 14 top two-year-olds, first emergency #15 Moolah Rouge gaining a start after the early scratching of #14 A Rare Old Time, lead by the Lee Freedman-trained Masthead.
Despite drawing wide with barrier 10 for today’s showdown, Written Tycoon colt Masthead is at the top of the Inglis Premier betting odds, the current favourite at $4 through Luxbet.
First-up for the season, Masthead last ran a game fourth behind Arctic Command in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day last year, beaten less than a length.
Masthead needs a win today to help secure their spot in the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes field at Caulfield on February 26 as they currently sit well down the Blue Diamond ballot in 28.
Luxbet have Masthead as a $61 roughie in their early Blue Diamond odds, so if you fancy them to win or place now is the time to get behind them as a win at Mornington today will see them firm in the Blue Diamond betting markets.
The other top fancy in this year’s Inglis Premier is Delago’s Lad, also drawn wide now starting from gate 11 and sitting at a quote of $4.40 through Luxbet.
The only Blue Diamond hopeful running in the Inglis Premier that is guaranteed a start in the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes sitting 10th on the order of entry, the John McArdle-trained Delgao’s Lad firmed into the $14 third favourite in the Blue Diamond odds at Luxbet after yesterday’s shock withdrawal of One Last Dance.
The upset winner of the Routley’s Plate (1000m) at Sandown on January 29, Delago’s Lad looks a top chance here today but must prove they can handle the 57kg.
The other Blue Diamond entries lining up in the Inglis today are Hot Spin (21st), Bladon (22nd), Noble Twostep (23rd), Manor Lady (equal 34th).
All these runners are well down the Blue Diamond order of entry and must win today to get in to the $1 million showpiece.
Hot Spin has drawn well in barrier three, as has the David Hayes-trained Bladon set to jump from gate two and Luxbet have them at $10 and $11 respectively to cause an upset today.
Rick Hore-Lacy’s Stratum filly Noble Twostep also have their claims in the Inglis having drawn gate four, the $10 chance coming off a good victory at Cranbourne over 1200m on January 30.
Aside from Masthead and Delago’s Lad, two other Inglis Premier contenders are at single figure odds in the Luxbet markets with Amour Cache paying $6 and Emerald Downs at a quote of $7.50.
Peter Moody’s Exceed And Excel filly Amour Cache, due to jump from barrier six, is having just their second career start after running third on debut to Delago’s Lad in the Routely’s Plate.
Emerald Downs is on the far outside barrier today, but has still had money come in for them to win after their impressive two length victory over 1200m at Moonee Valley on February 4, a gutsy effort after they struck interference near the 800m but still blitzed their rivals.
The 2011 2YO Inglis Premier is due to run as Mornington Race 6 this afternoon jumping at 2:45pm (AEDST).
Luxbet have the hottest Mornington Race odds open right now so visit them to lock in your Inglis Premier picks!
2011 2YO Inglis Premier Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||DELAGO’S LAD||John McArdle||Chris Symons||13||57||74|
|2||MASTHEAD||Lee Freedman||Craig Williams||11||57||66|
|3||HOT SPIN||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Jamie Mott||3||57||65|
|4||BLADON||David Hayes||Steven Arnold||2||57||65|
|5||MOSCOW||David Hayes||Ben Melham||15||57||63|
|6||BULWER BAY||Mandy Brown||Damien Oliver||5||57||64|
|7||RAFFLES PEGASUS||Danny O’Brien||Jason Maskiell (a)||1||57||61|
|8||EMERALD DOWNS||Anthony Cummings||Glen Boss||18||55||67|
|9||MANOR LADY||Robbie Griffiths||Luke Currie||16||55||65|
|10||NOBLE TWOSTEP||Rick Hore-Lacy||Craig Newitt||4||55||65|
|11||LIGHT TOUCH||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||9||55||64|
|12||AMOUR CACHE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||6||55||64|
|13||IOTA||Rick Hore-Lacy||Danny Nikolic||10||55||60|
|14||A RARE OLD TIME||Danny O’Brien||–||17||55||60|
|15e||MOOLAH ROUGE||Rick Hore-Lacy||Jake Noonan (a)||7||55||59|
|16e||BLACK JACK BOY||Dean Binaisse||Mark Flaherty||12||57||59|
|17e||MADE YOU ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||14||57||–|
|18e||CLEAVER||Colin & Cindy Alderson||–||8||57||–|