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The Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) is the feature race running at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday. 13 classy sprinters have been nominated for the race, which has seen its nominations extended until 9:00am (local time) Tuesday.
Headlining the nominated horses so far is the Desleigh Forster-trained Adebisi. The seven-year-old gelding has won two of his last five starts and placed second in another two.
He won the Barry Nilsson Lawyers Open (1110m) two starts ago at Doomben, despite carrying at least three kilograms more than his 12 rivals. The gelding then carried the top weight again in the XXXX Open (1000m) and despite tipping the scales at 61.5kg, finished less than one length off the winner Rocky King.
He is set to race against Rocky King once again, since the Sunshine Coast-based five-year-old is also nominated for the 2014 George Moore Stakes. The gelding travelled to Melbourne during the spring for the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) but finished nearly four lengths off the winner in fifth place.
Other top horses nominated for Saturday’s race at Doomben include Big Money and Riva De Lago.
Until October, the Rodney Northam-trained Big Money had either won of finished second in all 11 of his career starts, including the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) and Listed Crowe Horwath Ramornie Handicap (1200m).
The Scone-based gelding then travelled to Melbourne for the spring racing carnival. He delivered a top run first up in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) on October 18, hitting the line strongly for a fourth place finish just over half a length off the win. However he was disappointing next time out in the Group 2 Tab.com.au Stakes (1200m), finishing a long way off in second last.
He will be making his debut at Doomben on Saturday, having previously run well two times at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
Seven-year-old gelding Riva De Lago has transferred from the care of Chris Waller to Robert Heathcote at his Eagle Farm stables after disappointing spring and autumn campaigns in Sydney.
The gelding finished end of the field in all six of his last starts, including last place in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m). His connections are hopeful a step down in distance to 1200m will help him improve.
Top Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan has nominated two horses for the George Moore Stakes – Rocket To Glory and Someday.
Six-year-old gelding Rocket To Glory was last seen finishing third in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) a fortnight ago in which Someday finished just outside the placings in fourth.
Check out the full list of 2014 George Moore Stakes nominations below, which may or may not increase Tuesday morning due to an extension.
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2014 George Moore Stakes Nominations
|3||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||–|
|4||CAPE KIDNAPPERS||Kelly Schweida||101|
|6||FINISHING CARD||Shane Edmonds||93|
|7||FLYING RIDDLE||Julie Green||82|
|8||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||84|
|9||RIVA DE LAGO||Robert Heathcote||–|
|10||ROCKET TO GLORY||Tony Gollan||100|
|11||ROCKY KING||Tom Bourke||102|
|13||TIME TO PLUNDER||Liam Birchley||95|
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