Two gallopers are battling for favouritism in the Lough Neagh Stakes 2014 betting odds for Brisbane’s feature race this weekend with market mover Whisky Allround closing in on the current top fancy Big Money.
There are a dozen hopefuls making up the field for this year’s $175,000 Listed Garrards Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) with Rodney Northam’s Scone visitor Big Money heading the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The five-year-old Choisir gelding pays $3.50 in the latest Lough Neagh Stakes odds after beating home a top field of locals in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at the track on December 6.
That followed from an equally successful Brisbane raid during the winter when he won the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm.
Now he’s back for another feature win in the sunshine state, and his imposing record on Soft tracks (6-4-2-0) will see him handling the conditions in Brisbane well on Saturday with regular jockey Robert Thompson retaining the ride in barrier six.
Hot on Big Money’s heels then is the local Tony Gollan-trained Whiskey Allround to be ridden by the in-form Timothy Bell from barrier two.
While Big Money must lump the hefty 59.5kg top weight, two kilos more than his George Moore winning weight, Gollan’s All Bar One four-year-old gets in on the 54kg minimum.
That’s a notable weight advantage over the favourite and a nice relief from the 57.5kg he carried to victory over 1200m here on a Soft (5) track in a Class 6 handicap back on December 6.
Whisky Allround shoots for his fourth win on the trot here and has been well backed to handle a rise in class firming in from $4.40 to $3.60 in the latest markets at Ladbrokes.
There are then just two other runners at single figures to win with Cape Kidnappers and Someday both occupying the third line of betting at $7.
The always honest Cape Kidnappers has the outside barrier 12 draw to overcome but is an imposing form in the Brisbane features.
A four-time winner at the track, the Commands seven-year-old is second-up on Saturday after a good third to Big Money last time out in the George Moore.
That followed a post-winter spell after his strong campaign last season that included back-to-back Listed sprint wins and a second in the WJ Healy Stakes.
Damian Browne retains the ride this weekend and Cape Kidnappers carries the same 58kg weight he was allocated for his resuming run.
Someday meanwhile beat Cape Kidnappers home by one when runner-up in the George Moore Stakes in the opening Brisbane Summer Sprint Series leg, Gollan’s Falvelon six-year-old also finishing fourth in the Keith Noud before that.
He’s a Listed winner over the mile here last summer in the Brisbane Handicap, and while he’s been restricted to just the four runs since, he looks back on track and ready to break the year long drought.
Other notable Lough Neagh hopes at more generous odds for an upset then include Abaddon ($10) down from the Sunshine Coast who has won five of his eight starts to date, Kelso Wood’s George Moore fourth placegetter Into The Red ($11) and the returning Harada Bay ($16) who comes off a string of top three runs from earlier in the season.
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