After a good last start second at Scone, Gai Waterhouse’s progressive four-year-old Frespanoal has opened clear favourite to win Doomben’s Spear Chief Handicap 2015 on Queensland Oaks Day this weekend.
Running as Race 3 at 1:17pm (AEST) this year’s $100,000 Listed James Boag’s Premium Spear Chief Handicap (1630m) originally attracted a dozen milers but the field is down to 10 following the early scratching of Zoomania and Great Esteem who were drawn in barriers 10 and 12 respectively.
Leading the Spear Chief Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $2.10, in from $2.30 making him the market mover, is Waterhouse’s Choisir gelding Frespanol.
A winner of four of his 16 starts to date, the horse debuts in Brisbane this weekend but was impressive last time out in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) over the same distance when a nose away second to Tales Of Grimm on May 15.
Frespanol jumps from barrier nine with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle and gets in on the 54kg minimum in the handicap clash.
The next best in Spear Chief Handicap betting at $6.50 is then Trakstar in gate six with Jim Byrne to ride the Tony Gollan-trained Stratum gelding.
The five-year-old has a solid record over Saturday’s track and distance (10-3-2-2) including a win in a benchmark 90 two back on April 18 and a third behind Bewhatyouwannabe in the Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m) here on May 9.
There are just two other single figure hopes for the Spear Chief win this weekend with Grayson Square ($8.50) drawn a treat in barrier three and the 59kg top weight Banca Mo ($9).
Brian Wakefield’s Savabeel five-year-old Grayson Square has been out of form of late, including a last start eighth at the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago when beaten four lengths by Riva De Lago in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) but has a good Doomben record (10-3-3-1).
Banca Mo meanwhile gives the weight away to his rivals, the Bevan Laming-trained Tough Speed seven-year-old having won the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) over the mile and a half before a disappointing 11th to Pornichet in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) from May 9 he’s out to atone for here.
Following the single figure hopes are a number of other livewire chances at more generous odds with genuine claims for an upset Spear Chief Handicap result including the in-form six-year-old Darci Be Good ($11) from the Sunshine Coast in gate two for top Brisbane hoop Damian Browne and Black Jet ($11) who won back-to-back races at the end of last prep before returning with a 14th in the Glasshouse Handicap.
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