Chris Waller’s fillies dominate the nominations...
Two progressive Gold Coast-trained fillies for trainer Noel Doyle are out to make an impression at good odds in the Mode Plate 2015 this weekend at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane.
Fifteen three-year-olds fillies remain in the mix for Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Zetta 1 Mode Plate (1200m), due to run as Race 6 on the George Moore Stakes Day program, after the early scratching of the Barry Baldwin-trained Shadow Lane (16).
Two of the hopefuls come from the Gold Coast stables of Doyle who saddles-up Nilette and St Remy from barriers nine and 11 respectively.
Tony Gollan’s last start winner at the track Secret Saga leads Mode Stakes betting for the weekend paying $3.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au even though she has work to do from a wide barrier 13 draw.
Doyle’s duo meanwhile can be found at the opposite end of the Mode Stakes odds both paying $41 as outsiders for the win despite some promising lead-up form.
Apprentice Beau Appo rides nicely-bred Snitzel filly Nilette this weekend taking over for Luke Rolls who has ridden her for her two most recent runs this time in.
First-up she was runner-up behind Gollan’s other Mode Plate runner this weekend Suite Mover, an $18 chance from gate three with Tegan Harrison riding, at Ipswich over 1100m on November 11.
Then last time out she returned home for a 1200m win at the Gold Coast only seven days ago on Saturday putting her on the short turnaround after she broke her maiden status at her fifth career run.
Another apprentice rides Doyle’s other roughie hope with James Orman aboard Star Witness filly St Remy who comes off back-to-back thirds in Class 1 company.
A winner of one of her six starts to date, St Remy has had three previous Doomben runs but is yet to finish in the money at the track.
Two back she was third to Stick With Me over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast before her last start effort when beaten only 0.3 lengths by Don’t Deny Us at home on the Gold Coast over Saturday’s 1200m distance from a wide alley (10 of 11).
Despite what the bookies suggest Doyle remains hopeful of a Mode Stakes upset from one of his two in the mix believing them both better chances than their odds.
“It is a step up in class for both fillies but they are racing well enough to be given a chance,” he said to AAP.
Doyle’s other runner at the meeting is Le Val who lines up in the feature race, the $200,000 Group 3 Channel 7 George Moore Stakes (1200m).
Appo rides the Snitzel five-year-old from barrier 10 with Le Val’s regular rider Michael Cahill jumping off in favour of a ride aboard the Gollan-trained Group 1 winner and 59.5kg top weight Temple Of Boom.
Drawn in barrier three, veteran nine-year-old Temple Of Boom is one of three $5.50 equal favourites in George Moore Stakes betting through Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the race on Saturday.
Le Val meanwhile pays $16 for the win after a luckless eighth at the track a fortnight back behind Steel Zip in the Listed Keith Noud Handicap (1200m).
Doyle said the George Moore runner, who won the 2013 Ken Russell Memorial Classic before fracturing his pelvis next start in that year’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m), would head towards the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 4.
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