The Darren Weir-trained Ken’s Dream is top fancy to win the Telstra Phonewords Stakes 2016 on Cox Plate Day this weekend at Moonee Valley Racecourse, the race officially registered as the Red Anchor Stakes.
The first of seven Group status races on the program on Saturday, the $150,000 Group 3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m) is due to run as Moonee Valley Race 4 at 1:50pm (AEDT).
The Red Anchor Stakes field has attracted a dozen three-year-olds, the current markets at Ladbrokes.com.au firmly led by Weir’s Dream Ahead colt Ken’s Dream at $3.10 for the win.
This is the youngster’s fifth run this campaign and so he’s been up for a while, the run on Saturday to confirm or deny whether he has in fact reached his peak.
Mark Zahra rides the galloper for the first time from a wide barrier 10 draw, replacing Dean Yendall who has ridden him for all four starts to date including the last start fourth behind Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper placegetter Flying Artie in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 12.
Occupying the second line of the Telstra Phonewords Stakes odds at $3.60 is market mover Archives, drawn one on the inside of the favourite in barrier nine.
The John O’Shea-trained colt is a nicely-bred son of Helmet and James McDonald comes aboard in place of Craig Williams third-up here.
McDonald last rode the youngster for a Doomben Black-Type win in the winter.
This campaign Archives kicked things off with the good second to Saracino at Flemington in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m).
His last run was a ninth to Sacred Elixir in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) from late September.
He’s been freshened-up since and drops back to a preferred sprint distance here and with a quiet ride from the barrier can return to his best.
Two other runners are currently under $10 for the win with Dam Ready ($7.50) and Dalradian ($6.50) to jump from barriers three and 12 respectively.
Luke Currie continues his association in the saddle of More Than Ready gelding Dam Ready who ran fifth in the Danehill before a third over this track and distance in easier company on September 30.
He is drawn to get the run of the race back-up in class for this and is an honest up-and-comer that could surprise.
Dalradian meanwhile has work to do from the outside alley, Darren Weir’s Reward For Effort colt catching the eye as a $101 roughie when runner-up in the Blue Sapphire Stakes last time out.
That run behind a top type deserves respect and with previous winning form at Moonee Valley, he won’t be found at anywhere near those triple-figure odds on Saturday.
The best of the double-figure chances include the Team Hawkes-trained last start Warwick Farm winning Northern Meteor colt Palladian ($11), the undefeated rails-drawn Matty ($13) rising in class and Foxwedge colt Terindah ($15).
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