Matt Laurie’s Mornington galloper The Big Steel has opened at the top of the markets for the 2012 Reaan Plate at Caulfield this Saturday, the race the traditional prelude to the Mornington Cup.
Running as Race 7 at 5:10pm (VIC time), the $100,000 Listed Reaan Plate (2000m) features a 10-horse field, The Big Steel in barrier five topping the Luxbet markets as the $3.80 favourite.
A winner of six of their 22 career starts to date The Big Steel was last seen finishing two lengths away fourth to Royal Mail, a $4.80 chance for the Reaan Plate though Luxbet, over the track and distance on January 7.
Following on the second line of betting after being backed in from $4.20 to $4 is then the rails-drawn Darwin visitor Bolton.
The Zabeel five-year-old was impressive last-start over 1700m when taking out a Flemington race by one and three quarter lengths, but they haven’t raced over further than that since March last year.
Three other Reaan Plate acceptors are at single-figures to win through Luxbet with Sea Galleon ($4.60), the aforementioned Royal Mail ($4.80) and the local Clinton McDonald-trained Snitzel four-year-old Apres ($6).
The genuine market mover has been Sea Galleon, the Colin & Cindy Alderson-trained stayer backed in from their opening quote of $5.
Drawn in gate two the Galileo five-year-old, who ran a close third in the 2010 SA Derby during their three-year-old season, has been in excellent form over the past few months.
They have won their past three straight, including a four length Sandown victory over 2400m on a Heavy (8), and most recently the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on December 10 on a Dead (4).
After Saturday Sea Galleon will contest the $200,000 Listed Morington Cup (2400m) on Wednesday February 15, which offers a 2012 Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner.
“He lost quite a bit of weight when he went to Sydney, but he’s put it all back on now,” Cindy Alderson said.
“He’s never been a horse that carries an enormous amount of condition, but he certainly looks to have benefitted from the short break he had.
“Obviously you’ve got to be a little bit cautious about a horse coming back off a let-up, sometimes they need a run or two just to bring them to their peak, but he’s certainly worked well and looks well, so I’m hopeful of a forward showing from him.
“He’s heading towards the Mornington Cup.
“After that we might think about Sydney.
“We might look for anywhere there is a bit of cut in the ground for him, so that’ll be the hardest problem with him.
“The BMW is an option…even though weight-for-age might be a bit hard for him.”
One of the richest races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the $2.25 million The BMW (2400m) runs at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day, April 7.
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2012 Reaan Plate Odds
Caulfield Race 7 – 04/02/2012
|1||SEA GALLEON (2)||4.60 Luxbet|
|2||THE BIG STEEL (5)||3.80 Luxbet|
|3||MONTGOMERY (9)||35.00 Luxbet|
|4||ROYAL MAIL (4)||4.80 Luxbet|
|5||BOLTON (1)||4.00 Luxbet|
|6||SEAN BAILE MOR (10)||16.00 Luxbet|
|7||APRES (6)||6.00 Luxbet|
|8||SEGURO (3)||18.00 Luxbet|
|9||TIGERIFFIC (8)||71.00 Luxbet|
|10||UMATIC (7)||31.00 Luxbet|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by Luxbet and subject to change