Last start Moonee Valley winner Divine Calling has opened narrow favourite to go back-to-back at the tight Melbourne track on Friday evening in the Bill Stutt Stakes 2013.
The second richest race on the Moir Stakes Night program, this year’s $220,000 Group 2 City Jeep Stutt Stakes (1600m) is scheduled to run as Moonee Valley Race 6 at 8:45pm (AEST) and has drawn a final field of 12 hopeful three-year-olds.
Five of those dozen are under double figures in the current betting markets for the set weights clash with Stutt Stakes odds led by $4.40 favourite Divine Calling.
Drawn out in the ‘visitor’s gate’ 12, Damien Oliver rode the Gai Waterhouse-trained Startum gelding to victory here over 1500m on September 14 and is back on the saddle for the Stutt.
Friday night will be the promising galloper’s first shot at the mile, and their second Group run of the season following a first-up fifth to Fast ‘N’ Rocking over the 1200m in the HDF McNeil Stakes last month.
Following closely in Stutt Stakes betting at $4.80 is then the early market mover Cluster.
Like Divine Calling, Anthony Cummings’ Fastnet Rock colt is heading toward the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12 and also goes up to the 1600m for the first time here.
They were last seen finishing eighth to Zoustar in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney but are tipped to improve on that for their Melbourne debut.
The other single-figure fancies are then:
- #6 Late Charge ($6) – Winner of their opening two starts in July, Patrick Payne’s Hard Spun colt went to black type company when sixth to Caulfield Guineas favourite Long John in the Henry Bucks over 1400m at Flemington last start, will take improvement from that
- #4 San Diego ($7) – Peter Snowden-trained Exceed And Excel colt has been ultra-consistent and improving each run, most recently finished third in the Henry Bucks as an $81 outsider, before that was a winner over the Caulfield mile in March so experience at the distance is a big advantage as they head towards the 2013 Victoria Derby
- #1 Shamus Award ($7.50) – Danny O’Brien’s son of Snitzel has had seven starts but remains a maiden, have been competitive however including their second in the McKenzie to Cauthen and is capable of more than their Henry Bucks seventh
At longer odds but still worth a look-in are then the likes of Waterhouse’s Royal Academy colt Countryman ($14) last seen winning at Warwick Farm on August 28, two time mile winner in the winter Honey Steel’s Gold ($16) and the Stephen Brown-trained Last Sight ($16) who broke their maiden status at start number two at Seymour this month.
Check out the latest Bill Stutt Stakes 2013 odds below then head straight to Ladbrokes.com.au to lock in these prices before the weekend’s racing markets firm!
2013 Bill Stutt Stakes Odds
Moonee Valley Race 6 – 8:45pm (AEST) – 27/09/2013
|1||SHAMUS AWARD (4)||4.50|
|2||DIVINE CALLING (12)||4.40|
|3||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD (6)||16.00|
|4||SAN DIEGO (1)||7.00|
|5||THE BOWLER (7)||31.00|
|6||LATE CHARGE (5)||6.00|
|10||CRIME FIGHTER (3)||41.00|
|11||LAST SIGHT (2)||16.00|
|12||BRING SOMETHING (8)||17.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change