2014 Lough Neagh Stakes Option for Cape Kidnappers

The second leg of the Brisbane summer sprint crown could be the latest start for the Kelly Schweida-trained Cape Kidnappers who is a dual nominee on the Doomben race card for Saturday including in the Lough Neagh Stakes 2014.

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers is dually nominated at Doomben on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Local horseman Schweida said the scheduling was unusual in Brisbane on Saturday with the $175,000 Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) open handicap running alongside a separate open handicap race over 1200m.

He has nominated his consistent Commands seven-year-old Cape Kidnappers for both, liking the prize money for the Lough Neagh but the distance of the non-black-type.

“It is a bit unusual to have a 1350 metre open stakes race and a 1200 metre open handicap on the one program,” Schweida told AAP.

“The 1200 of the open will suit Cape Kidnappers better at this stage of his campaign. But I don’t know if there are enough open company horses in Brisbane for fields to stand up in both races.”

Cape Kidnappers is one of five sprinters nominated for both races along with Adebisi, Finishing Card, Renewed Vitality and Whisky Allround.

Cape Kidnappers enjoyed back-to-back stakes wins in Brisbane during the winter with a bit Listed Chief De Beers (1100m) win at Doomben in May followed a fortnight later with a narrow short-neck victory over Big Money in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm.

In his final run that campaign Cape Kidnappers was unable to hold off Big Money for a second time with the latter turning the tables for his victory in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m).

A known injury-prone galloper, Cape Kidnappers pulled up lame after the Healy Stakes and spent five and a half months on the sidelines.

“It has been well documented that he has had a series of injury problems. It always happens with the good ones,” Schweida said.

He returned on December 6 at Doomben in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) crossing a brave third only one and three-quarter lengths off the Rodney Northam-trained winner Big Money, back for more Group glory in Queensland with Someday in second.

Both Big Money and Someday, as well as a host of other George Moore Stakes graduates including Kelso Wood’s fourth placed Into The Red, are also nominated for a Lough Neagh rematch this weekend.

Schweida is pleased with the way Cape Kidnappers came through his first-up run in the George Moore and believes him a good chance whichever race he contests on the weekend.

“He had a good blow after his George Moore run and I think he is ready to race very well on Saturday,” he said.

If Schweida decides on the 1200m handicap for his galloper, the main danger will likely be veteran More Than Ready eight-year-old Phelan Ready.

Winner of the 2009 Golden Slipper as a two-year-old, Phelan Ready didn’t win again until a 1400m handicap at Eagle Farm in early August.

His latest start was a failed effort in Melbourne on October 18 when he over-raced in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) before dropping out to run two and a half lengths off the winner Bel Sprint.

Stay tuned for official 2014 Lough Neagh Stakes field and barriers out on Wednesday morning.

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