2014 George Moore Stakes Sets Up Winter Plans for Big Money

The Scone-based gelding Big Money found his share of success in Brisbane during the winter carnival so it’s no surprise he sets to make his return on Saturday.

Big Money will begin preparations towards Group One racing during the winter on Saturday in the George Moore Stakes.

Big Money will begin preparations towards Group One racing during the winter on Saturday in the George Moore Stakes. Photo by Steve Hart.

While Big Money’s trainer Rodney Northam had initially wanted to send the five-year-old to Perth for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), he decided against it following a second last finish in the Group 2 Tab.com.au Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1, choosing to return to Brisbane instead.

“We were originally thinking about going to Perth until he was a bit disappointing in the Group Two in Melbourne,” Northam told Sky Racing.

“I was really confident until watching the Coolmore (Stud Stakes) when they all came down the outside because the inside was the wrong place to be.

“As it turned out drawing the one barrier was probably the worst thing that happened. He was simply on the wrong part of the track.”

The gelding will run in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) this Saturday at Doomben Racecourse, revisiting a winter rivalry with Cape Kidnappers.

Big Money ran second to Cape Kidnappers in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 7 before reversing the finishing order two weeks later in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m), where Cape Kidnappers finished second to him.

The two are currently vying for favouritism in the George Moore Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, with Cape Kidnappers just ahead at $4.20 compared to Big Money’s $4.40.

“A lot of the horses he races he’s raced against before,” Northam said.

“We take on Cape Kidnappers again. They’ve had a couple of nice little duels but hopefully it will work out our way on Saturday.”

Northam is confident Big Money can turn his last result around this Saturday, training Big Money for the 2014 George Moore Stakes for the past three weeks. He will need to run well to make the trainer’s big 2015 Winter Carnival plans come to fruition.

After admitting that the gelding thrives during the winter in Brisbane, Northam flagged the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) as his long-term goals.

“The Doomben 10,000 and the Stradbroke look to be lovely races for him,” he said.

“Winter is the time where he can realistically win a good race instead of running a nice fourth or fifth.”

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