The feature race of the Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival meeting at Doomben Racecourse this weekend is the Lough Neagh Stakes 2015, betting tips for the handicap clash found below.
Just 10 hopefuls are left in the mix for this year’s $175,000 Listed Jones Retail Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) after the early scratching of race favourite Peace Force.
The Magic Millions Day-bound mare from the Gerald Ryan stables injured herself on the float trip from Sydney to Brisbane and was withdrawn from the race on Friday.
Lough Neagh Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are now led by Peter Moody’s last start Ballarat winning four-year-old Weinholt ($3.60) jumping from gate four with Glen Boss, in Queensland for the State of Origin Jockey Series, booked for the ride.
Following closely in the updated Lough Neagh Stakes odds are the rails-drawn Saluter ($4.40) for Robert Heathcote shooting for back-to-back wins at the track and distance and Tony Golan’s last start George Moore Stakes third placed Fontelina ($6 into $4.60).
So will the single figure fancies run the Lough Neagh Stakes trifecta on Saturday or is there an upset on the cards from the likes of the flying Keith Noud Handicap winner Steel Zip ($6) seeking his fourth win on the trot or Gollan’s George Moore runner-up Gundy Spirit ($8)?
#8 Gundy Spirit ($8)
Five-year-old Jet Spur gelding Gundy Spirit was over the odds last time out jumping at $31 when second in the George Moore Stakes on the back of a Keith Noud fourth but won’t be found at those odds here. He is up in distance to 1350m, which he boasts a solid record over (10-4-2-1), so should be improving on his last start. Gets in on the 54kg minimum again and is drawn a treat in barrier three with Luke Tarrant retaining the ride.
#3 Steel Zip ($6)
Steel Zip has hit a purple patch having won three on the trot, all at Doomben and two over Saturday’s 1350m distance. Last time out he was the narrow winner of the Keith Noud over 1200m and will appreciate getting back up to the 1350m this weekend. The eight-year-old is in career best form, has been kept fit with a trial and even with 58kg looks a livewire hope for Deagon’s Pat Duff.
#2 Fontelina ($4.60)
Shortest-priced of the Gollan trio and can finish in the money again after his George Moore third. That was his first run of the season in Brisbane and will be improving out to atone for his last 1350m run when 11th in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap during the winter in tough company.
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