Ken Sweeney’s last start Spring Stakes winner Riziz has opened odds-on favourite to keep the victories coming in Adelaide this weekend in the 2014 Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville Racecourse.
The in-form Zariz gelding was last seen posting his 10th career win with a massive three length effort over Light It Up in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at the same track on August 9 and now dominates the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for his next start.
On Saturday the six-year-old steps up in distance for the $80,000 Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) which will be his first look at the distance since December 2012.
Back them Riziz was a distant 11th to Hidden Value in the Listed Christmas Handicap (1400m) on Boxing Day, an effort he’s out to atone for here.
In the Spring Stakes he jumped from barrier five with Clare Lindop aboard, the Group 1 The Goodwood placegetter from May getting a better gate (two) on Saturday with Lindop staying on for the Penny Edition with Riziz is at $1.75 to win.
Three of his rivals are also under $10 in the latest Penny Edition Stakes odds including $4.60 second fancy Karacatis.
Drawn in barrier four, Richard Jolly’s Hussonet six-year-old is another Spring Stakes graduate having run four lengths away third to Riziz.
Sixth the run before in The Goodwood on the back of a Group 3 DC McKay Stakes second during the autumn, Karacatis has had two goes at 1400m but is yet to finish in the money making the distance the real decider here.
Also at single figures are then Justify That ($8.50) and Gris Caro ($9) drawn in barriers seven and eight respectively.
Peter Moody’s King Of Prussia seven-year-old Justify That is in flying form this prep coming off back-to-back Morphettville wins.
The gelding is then looking to make it three on the trot and could be hard to hold off despite the class rise as his two lead up victories have both been over 1400m.
Gris Caro meanwhile is from the Victor Harbor stables of Jake Stephens and is out to kick off an ambitious Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
After the With Approval six-year-old runs first-up in Adelaide it will be back to Melbourne where the European import has had two previous runs.
On debut down under the stallion won the Listed Balaklava Cup (1600m) before a second at Moonee Valley in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m).
At his latest start he failed when back down over 1800m at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day in November running eighth, an effort he will be out to improve on first-up adding to a nice record when resuming (3-1-1-1).
The $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) this November is the major aim for Gris Caro who is an $81 roughie in futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the ‘race that stops a nation’.
Just outside of these is then the early Penny Edition Stakes market mover Gamblin’ Guru paying $10 to win first-up.
The Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained New Approach gelding makes his four-year-old debut here looking to repeat the same success of last season.
A back-to-back winner at the track taking out the black-type double of the Port Adelaide Guineas and Chairman’s Handicap in April, the Group 3 winner was last seen crossing a close fourth when beaten under a length by Kushadasi in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) in early May.
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