Flying young filly Blueberry Hill has opened narrow favourite to win the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 2015 at Doomben Racecourse this weekend as part of Doomben 10,000 Day.
A lead-up for juveniles heading towards the Group 1 JJ Atkins on Stradbroke Day next month, this year’s $250,000 Group 2 Mitavite Australia BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) is due to jump as Doomben Race 6 at 2:37pm (AEST) and features a full field of 16 hopefuls.
Drawn in barrier 10 with Larry Cassidy to ride, Liam Birchley’s Myboycharlie filly Blueberry Hill pays $4.80 in the latest markets for the set weights clash as she shoots for her fourth win from five starts.
Her only loss so far was at the Gold Coast on Anzac Day when runner-up, beaten only a quarter length, behind Big Tree in the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m).
Next-up she returned to form and beat home a number of the same rivals she takes on over more distance weekend when winning the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 9.
The bookies are having a hard time separating the next two in BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes betting with Wicked Intent and Payroll installed as the co-second favourites for the two-year-olds’ classic.
Drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers 14 and 4 respectively are the $5 second picks at Ladbrokes.com.au, the Chris Munce-trained Wicked Intent and Richard Laming’s lightly-raced Payroll out to upset the better fancied filly.
A winner of three of his six career starts to date, local Wicked Style colt Wicked Intent is second-up this campaign having resumed with a second to smart filly Blueberry Hill in the Champagne Classic.
He is after his first win over further than 1050m and has the wide barrier to overcome but the bookies are taking no chances.
Payroll meanwhile has the gun gate with Michael Cahill booked for the ride, the Not A Single Doubt filly having her first run in Queensland on the back of a second in Caulfield’s Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at the start of the month.
Following the top three in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes odds are then two other hopes under $10 for the win with Counterattack ($6.50) and the market mover Bring A Secret who has been smashed by the punters in from $15 to $9 after coming up trumps with the inside alley.
Hugh Bowman has the mount on Chris Waller’s visiting Sydney raider Counterattack, the Redoute’s Choice colt having broken his maiden status two back over 1200m at Warwick Farm before a fourth in the Champagne Classic, which looks the form line to follow into Saturday’s Group 2.
Bring A Secret meanwhile has Glyn Schofield riding from barrier one, the Sebring gelding from Nick Olive’s Canberra stables last seen winning over 1250m at Canterbury on May 13 but yet to race in black type company.
Others of note in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes field and markets at juicer odds include the likes of Stuart Kendrick’s Sebring filly Typing ($11) coming off a Listed Toowoomba win and the Clarry Conners-trained Look To The Stars ($16) in gate three for jockey Luke Tarrant looking to improve on her Champagne Classic 10th last time out.
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