The Listed Lord Stakes (1600m), otherwise known as the Master Yearlings Heat 2 Stakes, is one of two black-type races running at Sandown Racecourse on Friday during the Boxing Day meeting.
11 middle-distance gallopers will tackle the mile after Brian Cox’s Full Hand was scratched on Tuesday. Nearly half of the field is offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by Mighty Like ($4.40) and Mouro ($4.80).
Five-year-old gelding Mighty Like is one of two runners saddled by trainer Mick Price in the Lord Stakes. He has drawn wide in barrier nine but will carry the minimum weight of 54kg with Dean Yendall to ride.
Mighty Like has won four of his past five starts, including his two from this preparation – the City Of Ballarat Tonks Plate (1200m) and Lola’s Gift Handicap (1400m).
Mouro has had his share of bad luck of late but trainer Tony McEvoy is hopeful the six-year-old gelding can turn it around in the 2014 Lord Stakes.
After finishing end of the field in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m), plans to run Mouro in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) on December 13 were scrapped in favour of the easier Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m). Yet an infection saw the gelding scratched from that race too.
He has returned to match fitness but will once again carry the hefty top weight of 60kg as he jumps from barrier five with Nicholas Hall to ride.
The pair face some tough competition from their nine rivals, including three other single figure hopefuls.
- #3 Backstedt ($6) – the five-year-old gelding is one of two horses saddled by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the Lord Stakes and on the third line of betting in the odds after winning the Booralite Park Handicap (1600m) ahead of stable mate and rival Jacquinot Bay last time out. Will jump from the outside gate with Stephen Baster to ride.
- #9 Tax Evader ($8) – the Peter Moody-trained six-year-old is the market mover in the betting market after his price shortened from $10. Will jump from barrier 10 with Regan Bayliss in the saddle and carry the minimum weight of 54kg.
- #6 Tango’s Daughter ($9) – Mick Price’s other runner in the Lord Stakes rounds out the single figure odds after scoring the inside run from barrier one with Daniel Moor in the saddle. Has been unlucky last three times out, finishing just outside the placings in fourth place in both the Group 3 Eliza Park International Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m).
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