Peter Moody’s progressive young colt Ngarium is early favourite to win just his second career start in black-type company at Flemington on Saturday in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes 2015 on Emirates Stakes Day.
Due to run as Flemington Race 4 at 2:20pm (AEST) on the final Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting, all races for which are available on Saturday through Ladbrokes.com.au at Best Tote or SP + 20%, this year’s $150,000 Listed Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m) features a final field of 11 three-year-olds.
Getting in on the 54.5kg minimum is Moody’s Savabeel colt Ngarimu who won over 1300m on debut last start carrying 58kg to a smart one and a half length win at Seymour on October 18.
Up in class this weekend the lightly raced youngster is looking to keep his undefeated record in check going up to the 1400m with ace hoop Glen Boss taking over for Luke Currie in the saddle.
Ngarium leads the current Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes odds at $4.20, easing out from $4.20, with Boss to ride him from barrier four and the favourite boasting a second in a Cranbourne trial on a Heavy track before his debut.
In an open market four other runners are at single figures to win including Secret Prophet ($5.50) and early market mover Palentino ($5.50) drawn in barriers 10 and eight respectively.
A winner of two of his three starts to date, the Team Hawkes-trained Makfi colt has the wide draw but solid lead-up form including a big two and a half-length Sydney win over the distance at Randwick last start on October 24.
He has winning form the Melbourne way of racing however winning at Pakenham on debut in September with Dwayne Dunn, who is back in the saddle this weekend in place of Sam Clipperton, aboard.
Palentino has Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne, sure to still be on a high after her historical win on Tuesday as the first ever female hoop to take out the two mile classic, in the saddle.
Darren Weir trains the Teofilo colt who ran second at home at Ballarat on debut in late September before a win at Stawell over 1300m on October 12.
He is four weeks between runs but drops from 58kg that win as the odds-on favourite to 54.5kg on Saturday and is also eligible for the $10,000 Super VOBIS bonus.
The next best in betting at $6 is the well-tried Demonstrate jumping from barrier nine with the in-form, Sydney-based James McDonald taking the sit.
Prepared by John O’Shea for the powerhouse Godolphin stable, New Approach gelding Demonstrate has had 10 previous runs for two wins, most recently over 1000m at Moonee Valley in early August.
Third in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) in late August beaten under a length at Caulfield, his final start was another Group 3 third this time crossing five lengths off Holler in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) on Cox Plate Day.
He had 56kg and James Doyle aboard that day, Demonstrate going up to Saturday’s 58kg top weight, which is a notable challenge for the galloper.
Rounding out the single figure hopes at $8.50 is then Les Darci in barrier five, Ben Melham retaining the ride on Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Darci Brahma gelding after guiding him to victory over 1200m at Moonee Valley on October 30.
That was the up-and-comer’s second win from three starts and the drop back from 59.5kg that run to 55.5kg on the weekend is a notable advantage.
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