Gary Moore’s Sydney raider Takedown has opened favourite in the Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 2016 field and betting markets to keep his winning streak going heading south for a Caulfield Cup Day run on Saturday.
The four-year-old son of Startum has won his past two starts this time in at Randwick and takes to Caulfield Racecourse third-up on the weekend as one of a full field of gallopers in the $150,000 Group 3 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m) field.
Running as Caulfield Race 10 at 5:45pm (AEDT) closing the Caulfield Cup Day card this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes field has attracted 16 starters plus an emergency in Dane Thunder.
Heading the early Moonga Stakes odds at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.30 after drawing a treat in barrier five is Takedown who has Blake Shinn retaining the ride.
First-up the gelding won the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) before his second-up win over Our Boy Malachi in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) on October 1 with Shinn aboard.
Saturday sees Takedown head to Melbourne for the first time since VRC Derby Day last October, while he stretches out over 1400m for the first time since his 14th when outclassed in the winter’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
Close second favourite in the Moonga Stakes betting markets paying $4.40 (out from an opening quote of $3.60) is the in-form Voodoo Lad.
Drawn in barrier nine with Brad Rawiller to ride, the Darren Weir-trained five-year-old is down in class after his close second to Bon Aurum in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at the track / distance on September 24.
That was his second Caulfield run, the first producing a win in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) in mid-August, and Voodoo Lad goes up from 54kg to 56.5kg at set weights plus penalties this weekend.
Weir has also accepted for Stratum Star drawn out wide in gate 14 with Luke Nolen riding the $14 fancy second-up after the Group 1 winning stallion returned with an eighth to The Quarterback in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) last time out.
The two other runners under $10 for the win meanwhile paying $8 each are Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Hopfgarten drawn in barriers 12 and 10 respectively.
Stephen Baster stays aboard the Lindsay Park-trained six-year-old Fast ‘N’ Rocking after guiding him for a third in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last start as a $21 roughie.
Hopfgarten hails from the Brisbane stables of Robert Heathcote, the Mossman six-year-old coming off a fourth in a 1400m Flemington run from October 2.
Craig Williams retains the ride on the gelding who drops from 60kg last start to 56.5kg this weekend for his second run of the season.
Other notable hopes include the Chris Waller-trained early market mover Good Project ($17 into $13), Gilgai Stakes third placegetter Durendal ($12) drawn a treat in gate three and New Zealand raider Mabeel ($16) running first-up from barrier four with Dwayne Dunn aboard.
See below for the full Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys, weights and current markets from Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).