Caulfield Guineas-bound Chase The Rainbow is the headline contender in the 2011 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night, the in-form grey colt leading the odds for the three-year-old set weights showdown.
Drawn in barrier nine of 10 for the $200,000 Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m), the Rick Hore-Lacy-trained Chase The Rainbow is seeking their third win from five career starts and gets their first look at Moonee Valley here.
Rated the $11 fourth-favourite at Luxbet in their future odds for Saturday week’s $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), Dash For Cash colt Chase The Rainbow is also stepping up to the mile for the first time in the Stutt Stakes 2011.
Despite their wide draw the punters have crunched Chase The Rainbow’s Stutt Stakes Fixed Win odds at Luxbet, the progressive galloper in from their opening price of $2.90 to $2.60.
They showed their class and ability to come from last and hit the line hard when narrowly defeated in the Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed (1400m) at Flemington on September 3, connections confident they have come on from then making them the horse to back on Friday night.
“I think the Valley will suit him,” Hore-Lacy said.
“He will get back and start going around them at the half-mile (800m) and I think he will be strong at the finish.
“It looks a nice race for him and if he runs like he did last start he will be hard to beat.”
Chase The Rainbow’s most notable dangers in the Stutt Stakes are David Hayes’ comfortable last-start winner at the track Whisper Downs ($4.60) drawn one on their inside in gate eight and Charge Forward colt Sabrage who has been backed in from $7 to $6.50 through Luxbet to win in an upset result.
Other Stutt Stakes acceptors with claims this year include Leon Corsten’s lightly-raced Zabeel colt Zabeelionaire ($8) and the Peter Moody-trained Choisir filly Cute Emily ($7) in the far outside barrier 10.
The five aforementioned horses at single-odds in the Stutt Stakes 2011 field are the obvious selections and history supports their success as four favourites have saluted in the feature since 2001, and no Stutt Stakes winner during the past decade has started longer than $11 in the betting.
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2011 Essendon Jeep Stutt Stakes Field & Barriers
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Rider||Barrier||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||0112||CHASE THE RAINBOW||Rick Hore-Lacy||Dean Yendall||9||57kg||74|
|2||3X141||WHISPER DOWNS||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||8||57kg||72|
|3||1X04||SABRAGE||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||5||57kg||70|
|4||128X554||CARAVAGGIO||Anthony Freedman||Steven King||1||57kg||64|
|5||92||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||Stephen Baster||4||57kg||66|
|6||92352||ROCK MUSICIAN||Robbie Laing||Ben Melham||6||57kg||60|
|7||6493||KAITOA||Michael Trotter||Noel Callow||7||57kg||60|
|8||111X044||CUTE EMILY||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||55kg||78|
|9||771||RAHVEEL||Leon Corstens||Nicholas Hall||3||55kg||62|
|10||32||GIOE||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||2||55kg||60|