Do Not Go to Eagle Farm for George Moore Stakes Try Doomben

Apparently, the issues at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane have yet to be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction, so Saturday’s Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200 m) will be held at Doomben.

It is run under quality handicap conditions and was known at one time as the Summer Stakes.

Most of the punters’ attention this weekend will be on the west, where the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes is being run at Ascot, so the George Moore Stakes is neglected to a degree. The other races of the Queensland summer season are the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate and the BJ McLachlan Stakes. Both of those are age restricted, the first for three-year-olds and the second for two-year-olds. It is possible that they will be moved to Doomben as well.

The George Moore Stakes is generally for the local horses and it attracts a good field because at $200,000 the money is good. It was won last year by Most Important. Takeover Target won in 2005. All the true bargain hunters will appreciate that Takeover Target cost only $1,250, but earned over $6 million and won seven Group 1 races.

The other notable winner was Lucky Hussler in 2013. The eight-year-old gelding is still listed as active, but as of mid-November, he is barred for lacking the proper veterinarian certificate. He did win two Group 1s, the William Reid Stakes and the Toorak Handicap in 2015.

The race dates back to 1979, making its debut as a Group 3, and then was demoted to Listed quality from 1983 – 2000, before being lifted back to Group 3 in 2001.

For 2017, it looks like a field of 13. The two to watch are Calanda at $3.20 and Monsieur Gustave at $4. Palazzo Pubblico is at $9.50, has drawn the sixth barrier and got in at 54 kg, a 4 kg advantage over Monsieur Gustave, but just 1.5 kg better than Calanda.

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