George Moore Stakes 2017: Gollan Keen on Most Important Rematch

Four-time champion metropolitan Queensland trainer Tony Gollan is looking forward to the 2017 George Moore Stakes on Saturday where his reigning champion Most Important gets the chance to turn the tables on his last start conqueror.

Most Important (outside)

Most Important (outside) is back to defend his title in the 2017 George Moore Stakes at Doomben on Saturday in Brisbane. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Last Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival Gollan’s I Am Invincible gelding Most Important improved on a lead-up third in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) to win the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) when both races ran at Eagle Farm.

The then four-year-old went on to secure the lucrative $400,000 Brisbane Summer Sprint Series bonus with subsequent victories in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben and then the Listed Buffering Quality Handicap (1300m) on New Year’s Eve.

The winning streak came to an end at the Gold Coast in mid-January however with Most Important only managing to run fifth to Testashadow in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m).

The top Queensland sprinter remains winless since after two failed Caulfield runs during the spring and the first-up sixth in this year’s Keith Noud Quality.

Rescheduled to Ipswich on November 22 after the last three races at Doomben the Saturday prior were washed out, the Keith Noud Quality was won in style by three-length winner Monsieur Gustave.

Darryl Hansen’s proven Soft tracker backs-up in the George Moore Stakes field on the weekend and looks a big danger coming in from gate 14 to 10 with the early withdrawals.

Gollan meanwhile has Most Important in the mix also looking to secure successive editions of the George Moore Stakes for the first time since Mirraben (1987-89).

He carted 59kg last time out and drops to 57.5kg on the weekend, while Monsieur Gustave rises a kilo to 58kg for the rematch.

Most Important also has the advantage barrier wise in gate two with Jim Byrne riding the now five-year-old under race conditions for the first time.

The money continues to roll in for Monsieur Gustave to extend his winning streak to four on the trot in George Moore Stakes betting at with the galloper firming in from $5.50 to $3.

Punters can find Most Important further down the George Moore Stakes odds at $12.

Gollan admits it will be a tough test again on the weekend, but remains hopeful that his horse can “crack” Monsieur Gustave in Round 2.

“I thought Monsieur Gustave was a good winner the other day and he’ll be a hard nut to crack this summer,” Gollan said at the launch of the 2017/18 Queensland Summer Racing Carnival on Thursday.

“We’re keen on the re-match on the weekend and the Sydney-siders are here now, so it’s the start of what’s going to be a very exciting summer.”

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