The opening leg of the Brisbane Summer Sprint Series Triple Crown takes place at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday with the George Moore Stakes 2015 stealing the show in Queensland, betting tips for the handicap sprint detailed below.
Set to run as Doomben Race 7 at 4:17pm (QLD time) as the penultimate event on the program, this year’s $200,000 Group 3 Channel 7 George Moore Stakes (1200m) has attracted a dozen hopefuls.
It is a wide open George Moore Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, who on Saturday are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the feature race in Brisbane, with six hopes under double figures and five paying between $5.50 and $6.50 for the win.
Three horses currently sit as the $5.50 equal favourites including the easing former top fancy Temple Of Boom out from $4.80 to carry the 59.5kg top weight to victory for local horseman Tony Gollan.
A Group 1 winner back in Sydney back in 2012, the now nine-year-old Piccolo gelding hasn’t won since the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm in April last year and from a dozen Doomben runs is yet to win.
Joining him at the top of the George Moore Stakes odds are stablemate Didntcostalot who looks the fit horse in the field and the Kelly Schweida-trained mare Miss Cover Girl with work to do from the outside barrier 12 draw.
Purchased for just $3,000, Gollan’s Danerich seven-year-old Didntcostalot has won three of his past four starts with the trio of wins giving him a gun record at Doomben of three victories, a second and a third from five starts at the track he returns to this weekend.
Last time out he saluted by 2.3 lengths defeating Saluter over 1100m on October 31 carrying 57kg and the drop back to 55kg, Tegan Harrison staying on and a nice barrier five draw all add up to him being a livewire hope.
Miss Cover Girl meanwhile has firmed in from $6 even with the awkward alley for the in-form Monashee Mountain four-year-old who has run third in her two most recent runs.
The first was behind fellow George Moore Stakes hopeful Architect at Doomben on October 3 over 1050m before she crossed just a quarter length off Nayeli in the Group 3 Nivison Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight later.
From nine Doomben assignments she boasts two wins, two seconds and two thirds and is also three from seven over the 1200m, with winning form up to 1400m.
Occupying the second line of betting at an equal $6.50 are the rails-drawn Fontelina who is full of class and will have taken benefit off a luckless Flemington Group 2 run last time out and the market mover Architect.
Gollan’s Testa Rossa gelding Fontelina was ninth to Éclair Choice in the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne on Victoria Derby Day but was badly caught up in the race from a wide alley.
From the inside barrier on Saturday with Jim Byrne aboard the seven-year-old can improve and prove better than his last run.
Sherrie Lawlor’s local Bel Esprit five-year-old Architect also comes off a string of good runs going right back to the start of the spring including his fourth win at Doomben in early October and a last start third to Didntcostalot here at the end of last month.
He also trialled behind Miss Cover at Deagon over 800m on November 17 the duo running first and second in a nice hit out before Saturday’s Group 3 test.
So do the favourites salute or is there value in an upset George Moore Stakes result from the progressive Clang gelding Top Tone ($11) or last start winner at the track and distance from the start of the month Charge Account ($9)?
#3 Didntcostalot ($5.50)
Fit and ready to fire with a good weight (55kg) and nice gate (5). Is three from his past four with the trio of wins all taking place at Doomben including one over 1200m in September. Harrison stays aboard, he drops in weight, loves Doomben and can take this out for Gollan at a still backable price.
#8 Charge Account ($9)
Wide open market with a bit of value offered for this in-form Deagon-trained local six-year-old. He has had four Doomben runs for two wins and a third and from seven 1200m runs boasts four wins and a third so both the track and distance suit this weekend. Is still relatively lightly-raced for his age, is in career-best form and carried 56.5kg to a nearly three length victory here last time out and just needs to handle the rise in class with the 54kg minimum to help.
#5 Miss Cover Girl ($5.50)
Lots of boxes ticked by this classy mare who just needs a touch of luck from the wide barrier. If Glen Colless gets the run with cover she’ll be hard to hold out dropping two kilos to 54kg this weekend off a brave Group 3 third in Sydney last month and a winning Deagon trial on November 17.
Whether you’re backing or sacking our George Moore Stakes 2015 tips make sure you place your bets this weekend online at Ladbrokes.com.au to enjoy Best Tote or SP + 20% on the race!