Kelly Schweida’s in-form six-year-old Cape Kidnappers has opened clear favourite to win their maiden black type start in Saturday’s 2013 George Moore Stakes.
The Commands gelding is very lightly raced for their age having had just the 10 starts to date.
Of those they’ve won seven and finished top three in the others giving them a 100 percent place rate.
Surprisingly despite their years and consistency they’ve yet to be tested in stakes company.
That changes on the weekend with Cape Kidnappers one of a capacity field of sprinters set to face off in the $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse.
It will be their third run this prep following a win over 1010m at the track in October and their close last start second behind Heart Testa in a Benchmark 95 at Rosehill on November 16.
That Sydney run, their first interstate assignment, convinced Schweida to give them a go at the summer Group races back home.
Now Cape Kidnappers is the $3.70 favourite in the George Moore Stakes odds, one of only two single figure fancies in the big 16-starter, two-emergency field.
The other top fancy at $8 is the Kelso Wood-trained Benny’s Buttons drawn well in gate five with Michael Cahill to ride.
Cahill was aboard the Refuse To Bend six-year-old for their close first-up second defeated just a long neck by Better Than Ready on November 23 in the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m).
Not having finished worse than third in their past five runs, the consistent gelding is after another top three finish and will appreciate if the rain comes in Brisbane.
Their last victory was a three length effort over 1200m on a Heavy (8) at Eagle Farm in July so the wetter the better for the mudlark.
Following the top two in the George Moore Stakes betting markets are then the likes of:
- #1 Famous Seamus ($10) – Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained Sydney raider ran a luckless third in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan last start where the Caulfield track did not suit, they’ve got the outside barrier and the 60kg topweight to overcome but their trainer is keeping them in it hoping for some luck
- #3 Morning Captain ($10) – Kelly Doughty-trained Gold Coaster making their mark this season with four top three runs on the trot, won at Eagle Farm over 1300m two back and then ran third just half a length off the winner in the Keith Noud, drop half a kilo to 57kg here and should get a good run from barrier eight (into 7 with emergencies out) with Jim Byrne in the saddle
- #15 Doubtfilly ($11) – Stuart Kendrick’s mare has the right barrier (2) and weight (54kg) but needs to handle a short seven day back-up having run third behind Lady Echelon in the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) in the mud last weekend, she is versatile and can handle all track conditions, has black type experience and drops down from 58.5kg so can feature in this taking on the boys
- #6 Delago Bolt ($12) – Veteran seven-year-old has had mixed form this spring, ran third in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick three back but were well beaten when ninth next start behind Sessions in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at the same track, last start was at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day when away from the gates awkwardly and badly checked before coming back to run a close fourth to Lankan Rupee down the straight, Doomben will suit better and they won their last start here back in April – narrowly – with 58.5kg, three kilos more than their allocation this weekend
Also in the mix at longer odds are then runners like Wood’s other hope Glasshouse Handicap winner Someday ($13), the Pat Duff-trained grey Steel Zip ($15) and the first emergency Lucky Hussler ($18) who would be first-up after a length spell if they get a start.
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