Despite drawing the inside alley for the George Moore Stakes 2016 at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on Saturday the favourite Too Good To Refuse will still be ridden back off the pace according to his trainer Desleigh Forster.
While many trainers would have loved to draw barrier one for their horse in this year’s $200,000 Group 3 IPG Connect George Moore Stakes (1200m), Forster said it was actually a bit of a disadvantage for her Rothesay stallion.
Four-year-old Too Good To Refuse won the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at the track and distance a fortnight back by nearly two lengths after jockey Jim Byrne let him settle back off a hot pace and charge home from last-to-first late.
The speed has been on in both the stallion’s runs this time in, the other producing a close first-up second over 1100m at Doomben on November 5, but Forster said there doesn’t look to be as much pace in the George Moore Stakes this weekend.
“It’s probably a different ball game on Saturday as there doesn’t look to be as much speed on as there was in his first two runs this prep,” she told Racenet.
Without boasting all that much “natural speed”, Too Good To Refuse is better as a backmarker and Forster confirmed those tactics wouldn’t change for Saturday even after the George Moore Stakes barrier draw.
“We’ve drawn tricky alley but we won’t try and ride him any closer – he doesn’t have any natural speed,” Forster said.
“A lot of the time when horses draw the inside gate, they are hunted forward but if you ride this horse out of his comfort zone it won’t do him any good.
“So, we’ll just ride him where he’s happy and then go from there but I’m happy with him, he’s in a good frame in mind.”
Byrne continues associations on the galloper who is the short-priced $3.10 favourite in the latest George Moore Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
His biggest danger according to the bookmakers at $5 is Most Important drawn the opposite end of the field in barrier 11 of 11.
One of Brisbane’s best Tony Gollan trains the I Am Invincible four-year-old who is out to close the gap on Too Good To Refuse after finishing third to him in the Keith Noud.
The Keith Noud Quality runner-up Sony Legend is also engaged in Saturday’s rematch with the Brian Smith-trained Hard Spun six-year-old drawn barrier five and paying $10 for the win.
Forster said that if things went well this weekend she would look at a run in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 14, 2017.
He is not automatically qualified for the Magic Millions Race Day as the Magic Millions Bonus was not paid up for after he was passed in at $40,000 during the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
The horse gets a chance to sneak into contention for the Restricted Listed summer features however if he wins the $150,000 Buffering Quality (1300m) on New Year’s Eve.
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