Betting markets for the big one in Brisbane this weekend, the George Moore Stakes 2012, have now been released with three horses battling for favouritism and a further three also under double-figures to take out the handicap clash.
Running as Eagle Farm Race 7 at 4:20pm (AEST) the $200,000 Group 3 Zig Zag Foundation George Moore Stakes (1200m) attracted a final field of 13 hopefuls for this Saturday.
Currently topping the tight George Moore Stakes betting markets is the Kelso Wood-trained local Belltone at a quote of $4.
The veteran Brahms seven-year-old enjoyed a stakes winning double taking out the Eye Liner Stakes in Ipswich and the Glasshouse Handicap at the Sunshine Coast in June during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival last prep.
They failed in their next run however and haven’t raced since failing to overcome barrier 12 of 12 and 59kg in the Listed Tattersall’s Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm on July 21.
Returning to the track on Saturday Belltone will be looking to get back to their previous good form at home having run second to Celtic Dancer in the Group 2 QTC Cup there before their winning winter double.
Drawn in barrier one with Chris Munce in the saddle Belltone has won just one of their eight first-up career runs so far and will need to be at their best to improve on their seventh to Adebisi in last year’s George Moore.
The next two best fancied runners for this year’s edition are then the defending George Moore Stakes winner Adebisi ($5) and 2009 Golden Slipper champ Phelan Ready ($6).
Adebisi, a $15,000 bargain buy from the 2009 Magic Millions Sales, won the George Moore last year from barrier three carrying 53kg on the back of a first-up run at the track.
This year they also come off a resuming win at Eagle Farm having beaten home See And Find by three lengths in the wet on November 10.
Desleigh Forster’s Shovhog five-year-old however does have gate 10 and the second heaviest weight (58.5kg) to overcome if they are to go back-to-back.
Phelan Ready also faces their own demons here, Jason McLachlan’s former spruik juvenile looking to break a three and a half year losing spell not having won a race since their 2009 Golden Slipper triumph.
They are allocated the 59kg top-weight for Saturday but have drawn well with Damian Browne, aboard for the More Than Ready six-year-old’s eye-catching second in the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) last start, to ride them from gate four.
The three other horses under $10 in the George Moore Stakes odds are then:
- #10 Audacious Spirit ($7.50) – Gillian Heinrich-trained Bel Esprit five-year-old from the Gold Coast races third-up for the season having won at the track on November 3 before their last start third in the Keith Noud
- #4 Startsmeup ($8.50) – Heinrich’s other runner, hasn’t raced since August after they failed to beat home any of their 12 rivals in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes, always goes well fresh
- #9 Morning Captain ($9.50) – Kelly Doughty’s Danbird four-year-old is a stakes winner at Doomben and come back to 1200m after running fourth last month over 1400m at Eagle Farm
Check out the full George Moore Stakes 2012 betting odds below, prices courtesy of the country’s leading online bookie bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 George Moore Stakes Odds
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 5:20pm (AEST) – 08/12/2012
|1||PHELAN READY (4)||6.00|
|5||CELTIC DANCER (12)||81.00|
|7||OLLIE VOLLIE (3)||15.00|
|8||GUNDY SON (7)||18.00|
|9||MORNIGN CAPTAIN (9)||9.50|
|10||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT (6)||7.50|
|11||EASY RUNNING (2)||13.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change