The in-form Hawkes Racing-trained colt Inference is the early market mover now sitting top of the Stutt Stakes 2016 odds for the Group 2 clash at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Moir Stakes Night this Friday.
One of four Group status races on the card, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) field features eleven promising three-year-old milers.
Six of those currently sit at single-figures in the Stutt Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au including the well-backed Inference who has firmed in from $6 to $4.20 to post his fourth win on the trot.
A well-bred son of So You Think, the youngster has won three of his four career stats to date most recently by two lengths over 1400m at Pakenham on the synthetic track on September 18.
The money is coming in for him to handle the step up to a mile and keep the winning streak going in his first Valley run and first stakes’ assignment with Dwayne Dunn retaining the ride from a good gate three draw.
Second favourite at $5 in a close showdown in the bookies’ eyes is Hey Doc drawn one closer to the rails in barrier two with Luke Currie continuing his association with the Tony McEvoy-trained Duporth gelding.
Hey Doc comes off back-to-back wins and was last seen carrying 57.5kg to victory from barrier 10 of 13 over 1514m at Moonee Valley.
He’s got the winning form at the tight rack and the step up to a mile looks a non-issue, Hey Doc ticking plenty of boxes ahead of this step up in class off the right lead-up performance.
Three runners then follow on an equal $6 with Detective, Tessera and Kaching all rated livewire chances at the Stutt Stakes title this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Drawn gate five with Blake Shinn booked for the ride, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Snitzel colt Detective is the class horse in the field and is out to make it three consecutive wins this campaign.
A Group 2 runner-up at Flemington from the autumn over 1400m and Group 1 performed in Sydney’s Inglis’ Sires when eighth to Yankee Rose, Detective has won both his starts as a three-year-old.
The last was at Flemington in the Listed Exford Plate (1400m) and if he continues to progress nicely as he has been, the nice draw can give him the run he needs at the Valley to keep the wins coming.
Tessera is drawn one on the outside of Detective and has Craig Williams riding him from gate six as the John O’Shea-trained Medaglia D’Oro colt looks to turn the tables on his last start conqueror.
The Godolphin galloper was three-quarters of a length off Detective in the Exford Plate and is a Group 3 winner in the wet in Sydney back in late January so has class to improve.
He meets Capitalist better in the weights for round two and should be reaching a top level of fitness three runs in here.
Kaching meanwhile is out in double digits jumping form gate 11 with Nicholas Hall aboard the lightly-raced So You Think colt prepared by Ciaron Maher.
He won two back over 1400m at Bendigo by three and a half-lengths before a third over the Caulfield mile behind Harlow Gold from the same barrier with the same hoop he has on Friday night.
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