Chris Waller’s in-form import Junoob is the clear favourite to win the feature race on the Gold Coast this weekend sitting top of the 2014 A.D. Hollindale Stakes odds.
The Haafhad six-year-old is after their third on the trot after back-to-back Sydney wins and is well backed to do so when they take on a Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival-bound field of stayers in the $358,000 Group 2 Wimmers Soft Drinks A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on Saturday.
A final field of 11 hopefuls is accepted for the Hollindale this year, the race the key lead-up race to the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) on May 17.
Heading the latest Hollindale Stakes markets at $2.25 and firming, Junoob has won four of their past five starts by a combined 11 lengths and looks the one to beat again here.
After a five length romp two back in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) they were last seen thriving on a Heavy (8) track to hold on in a brave Group 3 Neville Sellwood (2000m) performance at Rosehill.
They showed a real will to win holding off Hippopus that day and with rain around ahead of the weekend, money is starting to come for the known mudlark.
Second pick in Hollindale Stakes betting at $4.80 is then major 2014 Doomben Cup hope Streama for Guy Walter.
A triple Group 1 winning daughter of Stratum, five-year-old Streama comes via a good fourth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick from April 19.
She is up over further than a mile for the first time in two years here, but the 2010 ATC Oaks winner ate up 2400m then and showed Walter she was looking for more ground with her Queen Of The Turf performance.
Streama failed in the Doncaster on a Heavy (9) when 17th in the mile classic two back but has handled mud tracks before with a win and two minor placings from her five starts on Heavy going.
The other single figure chances are then Waller’s second hope Moriarty ($5.50) last seen running fifth to their stable mate in the Neville Sellwood and the rails-drawn Angel Of Mercy ($6.50).
The Gerald Ryan-trained Hussonet mare Angel Of Mercy raced in Brisbane last time out on April 19 and was too good for Lady Echelon when beating her home by a length in the Listed Member’s Handicap over the Eagle Farm mile.
Others in the mix at more generous prices then include Shaune Ritchie’s New Zealand visitor Military Move ($15) in their opening run down under after an Awapuni Cup second in late March and the returning Bart & James Cummings-trained Precedence ($15) racing for the first time since their sicth in the Sandown Classic last November.
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