Gerald Ryan’s consistent mare Peace Force is out to add to her good 1350m record when she jumps favourite in the Lough Neagh Stakes 2015 at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane this Saturday.
The Sydney-based daughter of Bernardini is one of 11 hopefuls in the field for this year’s $175,000 Listed Jones Retail Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) that runs as Race 8 on the weekend’s Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival meeting.
Accepted for the Queensland feature over a Group 2 run at home in the Villiers Stakes over a mile, six-year-old Peace Force drops in distance off her last start third when beaten just a quarter-length by Mighty Lucky in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.
She did it tough from a wide barrier 13 of 14 draw that day and should enjoy getting back to 1350m on Saturday, a distance she boasts a nice record of four wins, four seconds and a third from a dozen previous starts at.
Peace Force leads Lough Neagh Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au at $4, Tye Angland to ride her from gate 10 as she looks to emulate her Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) success at the track and distance back in May.
Peter Moody’s in-form Victorian visitor Weinholt is the second favourite to take out his first run in Brisbane when he travels to Doomben for the Lough Neagh.
Drawn ideally in barrier four with top interstate hoop Glen Boss in the saddle on the 54kg minimum, the five-year-old son of Stratum is at $4.20 to win for the third time in four starts.
His latest victory was at Ballarat on November 21 over 1200m and he goes up to 1350m at Doomben, which he should enjoy with winning form up to 1400m.
After the close top two hopes the bookies rate three other runners as single figure chances on Saturday including Fontelina ($5.50) for Brisbane’s premier trainer Tony Gollan.
Jumping from barrier two the Testa Rossa seven-year-old comes off a third in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) with Jim Byrne retaining the ride this weekend.
Robert Heathcote’s last start winner at the track and distance Saluter is then at $6 to go back-to-back from the inside alley in the Lough Neagh for jockey Michael Cahill.
The Commands six-year-old drops notably in weight from 58kg to 54kg and was also third to Steel Zip two back in the Listed Keith Noud Stakes (1200m).
Rounding out the single figure fancies at $7.50 is then the Pat Duff-trained Keith Noud winner Steel Zip who bypassed the George Moore, the eight-year-old trialled at home at Deagon instead.
Shooting for a fourth win on the trot, Steel Zip and jockey Jeff Lloyd continue their association on Saturday with the horse on track for a Magic Millions Cup bid at the Gold Coast next month.
Outside of the single figure hopes is the Gollan-trained market mover Gundy Spirit backed in from $12 to $10 after drawing well in barrier three.
Apprentice Luke Tarrant stays on the Jet Spur five-year-old who has a great 1350m record (10-4-2-1) and who was way over the odds at $31 in the George Moore when second to Didntcostalot.
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