Norm Hilton’s Toowoomba galloper Carry Me Bluey has been the best backed runner in the Tattersall’s Recognition Stakes 2011 odds since markets on the Saturday Eagle Farm feature opened, the four-year-old looking to secure an interstate campaign next year.
One of 14 hopefuls making up the field for this year’s $80,000 Listed Tattersall’s Recognition Stakes (1600m), which is scheduled to run at 4:25pm (local time) as Eagle Farm Race 7, Carry The Flag four-year-old Carry Me Bluey is out for their fourth win from five starts this season and the punters are getting right behind them.
Jumping from gate eight with ace hoop Chris Munce in the mount, Carry Me Bluey opened at a quote of $3.30 in the Recognition Stakes odds at Luxbet, but has steadily firmed right into $2.80.
Coming off a three-quarter-length victory over 1350 metres at Doomben, Carry Me Bluey is well weighted on just 53kg and won their sole start at Eagle Farm to date back in September by a tidy three lengths.
“He’s improved further since his last run and he’s still on the way up,” Hilton said.
A good performance on Saturday will be Carry Me Bluey’s first step towards a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign in 2012 where they would be joining their stablemate Bold Glance.
“If Carry Me Bluey goes well through the summer races I’d like to find a suitable race for him in Sydney,” Hilton said.
“It’s possible he could also go for the Doncaster (along with Bold Glance).”
The $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) runs at Randwick on April 21, Bold Glance having run a close third to Sacred Choice in the race this year.
The only horse at a shorter quote for Saturday’s showdown is Fillydelphia who has blown out from her odds-on starting price of $1.85 through Luxbet to $2.30 in the latest markets.
One of two Recognition Stakes hopefuls this year for Rob Heathcote along with Humma ($9.50 out to $12 Luxbet), Bianconi mare Fillydelphia was last seen running away to win the Listed Brisbane Handiap (1630m) at Doomben on November 19, a race Humma finished second in.
Heathcote is hoping for a change of luck after news his exciting stayer Simmering, who was engaged for a Class 6 at Eagle Farm on Saturday, would be out for at least a year after they bowed a tendon during a routine workout at Eagle Farm on Thursday.
“Fillydelphia is a quality mare and she’s in-form and Humma is a good old stayer with a chance again,” Heathcote said of his duo, Humma having run second in the race two years ago.
“I thought Humma hit the line strongly last run when he ran second in the Brisbane Handicap.
“That was only his second run after a break so I think he can improve again.
“I have to rate Fillydelphia my best chance.
“She’s been very good this campaign and throughout her career really.”
Despite having twice won over the track and distance, and also proven on Slow and Heavy ground suiting the current stormy conditions in Brisbane, the punters are shying away from Fillydelphia.
There has been a little tickle in the markets for topweight of the field Pepperwood, Liam Birchley’s seven-year-old coming off a fifth to Lamasery in the Listed Johnnie Walker Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
“It’s been a few weeks since then (his Melbourne run) and there probably is some improvement in the old fella out of this race,” Birchley said.
Twelve months ago Pepperwood claimed an emphatic three length victory in the Recognition Stakes, and Saturday will be his third straight year running in the feature as they also ran third in the 2009 edition of the mile clash.
Winner of the 2009 Recognition Stakes, now nine-year-old Secrets Untold is also returning this year, Phillip Cox’s Sequalo gelding coming off two disappointing November runs at Doomben including their dead-last finish to Fillydelphia in the Brisbane Handicap.
Secret’s Untold ran fifth when defending their title in the feature last year and is a $51 outsider in the Luxbet markets this year.
“He had 58kg last time and raced a bit handy,” Cox said of Secret’s Untold in the Brisbane Handicap.
“He’s come up really well this week.
“He’ looks better than before his last start and don’t write him off by any means.”
See below for the latest Recognition Stakes markets, then to lock in your favourites at the best prices in the country, visit our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet.
Updated 2011 Tattersall’s Recognition Stakes Odds
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 03/12/2011
|1||PEPPERWOOD (13)||10.00 Luxbet|
|2||FILLYDELPHIA (9)||2.30 Luxbet|
|3||HUMMA (10)||12.00 Luxbet|
|4||SECRETS UNTOLD (1)||51.00 Luxbet|
|5||ROYAL REIGN (4)||81.00 Luxbet|
|6||FIFTEEN CARAT (12)||41.00 Luxbet|
|7||ROCKDALE (3)||21.00 Luxbet|
|8||LUCKY DUBAI (7)||41.00 Luxbet|
|9||CARRY ME BLUEY (8)||2.80 Luxbet|
|10||DANAGAZE (6)||26.00 Luxbet|
|11||CORNWALL PARK (14)||26.00 Luxbet|
|12||WONDERFUL LASS (2)||11.00 Luxbet|
|13||WRITER (11)||61.00 Luxbet|
|14||YUMMY (5)||151.00 Luxbet|
*Odds are Fixed Win and subject to change – check Luxbet for updates and to bet now!