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This Saturday Eagle Farm Racecourse will host the first major Brisbane Summer Series race with the George Moore Stakes 2012, the nominations for which are headlined by the defending champ Adebisi.
Desleigh Forster’s Shovhog gelding won the $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) second-up in the wet on the back of a resuming win 12 months ago and will attempt to do the same this Saturday.
After a hit and miss winter campaign in Queensland Adebisi returned off a four and a half month break on November 10 to put an easy three lengths on Seek And Find and win a 1000m handicap at Eagle Farm in the mud.
They will race again in the George Moore Stakes, the reigning winner one of 16 early entries for this year’s race – Forster also nominating for their Easy Rocking gelding Easy Running who comes off a good fourth in the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) at the track on November 24.
“I’m putting blinkers back on him and we’ll be riding him stone cold,” Forster said of Easy Running.
The George Moore may have been run and won at Doomben Racecourse last year but Forster is confident Adebisi can win just as well at Eagle Farm this year.
“He goes just as good at Eagle Farm as he does at Doomben,” Forster said.
“Some horses have a better record at Doomben than Eagle Farm and vice versa but that doesn’t really apply to this horse.
“I think he’s going better now than he was when he won last year’s George Moore.
“This prep he’s really matured and developed and he pulled up really well after he won at Eagle Farm so I gave him a jump out over 800m at Doomben last Tuesday just to bring him on a bit more.”
In last year’s race Adebisi carried just 53kg to victory but Forster expects their impost to be much greater when they shoot for back-to-back trophies.
“His rating has gone up to 101 so unless a horse comes from interstate with a rating of 103 I’d say he’ll be carrying topweight in the race,” she said.
It is shaping up as a crack edition of the George Moore on the weekend too with other notable nominees including the horses that ran the trifecta in the Keith Noud with the Pat Duff-trained winner Steel Zip, 2009 Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready (2nd) and the Gillian Heinrich-trained Audacious Spirit (3rd).
Other top hopes then include Kelso Wood’s resuming Eye Liner Stakes – Glasshouse Handicap double winner from the winter Belltone, and the Robert Heathcote-trained stablemates Excellantes and Gundy Son who ran fifth and sixth respectively in the Keith Noud.
See below for the full 2012 George Moore Stakes nominations with the final field of acceptors due to be released on Wednesday and published right here at Races.com.au.
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2012 George Moore Stakes Nominations
Eagle Farm – 08/12/2012
|2||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT||Gillian Heinrich||92|
|4||CELTIC DANCER||Noel J Doyle||98|
|5||EASY RUNNING||Desleigh Forster||88|
|8||GUNDY SON||Robert Heathcote||92|
|10||MORNING CAPTAIN||Kelly Doughty||93|
|11||OLLIE VOLLIE||Sue Grills||95|
|12||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||102|
|15||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||100|
|16||WHAT HAPPENEDHENRY||Kelly Schweida||87|
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