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Globetrotting hoop Brett Prebble’s biggest ride on the weekend may be aboard Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon in the Australian Cup, but he is also excited over his chances in Flemington’s other Group 1 race having been booked to ride Queenslander Spirit Of Boom in the Newmarket Handicap 2013.
The Singapore-based Aussie jockey has been back down under for the past few weeks for the Melbourne Festival of Racing and has two plum rides this weekend.
One of those is of course on race favourite Green Moon ($3.70) in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Australian Cup (2000m), the Lloyd Williams-owned import looking to improve on their first-up fourth to All Too Hard in the Futurity Stakes when they step up in distance.
“I thought it was a super run first-up and Lloyd and his team are sure to have him fit enough to win,” he said.
“Lloyd is pretty astute and doesn’t get much wrong, so you’d expect him to be spot-on. He’s there with a real live chance.”
Prebble’s other elite level ride on Saturday is then in the $1 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) where he will partner with the Tony Gollan-trained Spirit Of Boom for the second time.
He rode the smart Sequalo stallion for their brave first-up third behind Mrs Onassis in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on Blue Diamond Day and is tipping them to improve on Saturday.
Third behind the undefeated Barakey, one of the top fancies in the Newmarket Handicap as they make their interstate debut, in the Winterbottom Stakes in Ascot last November Spirit Of Boom was rated a $10 chance in the Oakleigh.
Saturday they are at much juicer odds currently paying $19 in the Newmarket Handicap betting markets.
This price may still be generous but they have been smashed by the punters over the past 24 hours firming in from $26 making them the early market mover for the classic.
It has been a long time between drinks for the Brisbane-based five-year-old, Spirit Of Boom not having won a race since the Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast over 12 months ago.
Prebble however is confident they can be a competitive force on the weekend and give some of the favourites a run for their money down the Flemington straight.
“He’s got a great turn of foot and he was unlucky last start as he just didn’t get the gaps,” he said.
“He loves the straight.”
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