Belltone to lift for Moore

Connections of UNiTAB $8 chance Belltone are expecting an improved run in today’s Group 3 $200,000 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben .

The Kelso Wood-trained six-year-old is going into the race second-up after a close up effort in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago.

On that occasion jockey Chris Munce had the son of Brahms up close but he didn’t get a lot of room in the straight.

He ran on well particularly in the final 100m when fifth to Listen Son.

That horse has been scratched from today’s race along with Ollie Vollie and Tierqualo due to the heavy track conditions.

Belltone handles the wet ground well and from barrier five Wood is expecting more.

“Carrying 53kg and with the run under his belt he’ll be hard to beat,” Wood said.

“It was a good effort and it must be remembered he’s only won once when resuming.

“He’s improved a lot since then.”

Others who are expected to improve on wet ground include Ready To Rip and Essington.

Both also ran in the Keith Noud and finished strongly off a slowly run race.

Ready To Rip in particular likes it wet.

One who doesn’t according to trainer Tony Gollan is Spirit Of Boom.

“He gets through it okay but he prefers dry ground,” Gollan warned.

UNiTAB have made Essington the $4.50 fixed price favourite.

Trainer Robert Heathcote is confident Excellantes, second in the Keith Noud, can go one better.

“He is close to claiming a Group race,” he said.

“The draw is good and the light weight (53-1/2kg) are in his favour.

“I’m confident he can win.”

Gillian Heinrich‘s new addition Startsmeup handles the wet but like Spirit Of Boom is best on dry ground.

The race is on at 4.15pm Queensdland time.

Of $200,000.1st $128,000, 2nd $40,000, 3rd $20,000, 4th $8,000, 5th $4,000 GROUP 3
Quality, Minimum Weight 53kg, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 16 + 5 EM


No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 X1133XD1X3 ESSINGTON Darryl Hansen Damian Browne 8 57.5kg
2 X282460X01 LISTEN SON Tony Gollan Scott Seamer 9 57kg
3 320X21362X STARTSMEUP Gillian Heinrich Joe Bowditch 16 56.5kg
4 12271523X8 SHUFFLE THE CASH Bryan Guy Eddie Wilkinson 2 55.5kg
5 X547465X22 LATIN NEWS David Payne Glen Colless 14 55kg
6 X849258564 OLLIE VOLLIE Sue Grills Timothy Bell (a) 12 54kg
7 4X243122X7 TIERQUALO Kelly Doughty Matthew Palmer 3 54kg
8 1102112X22 EXCELLANTES Robert Heathcote Brad Stewart 6 53.5kg
9 X1112111X5 BELLTONE Kelso Wood Chris Munce 5 53kg
10 264X20067X JAZZ HEART Bryan Guy Ryan Wiggins 7 53kg
11 X16540X126 READY TO RIP Andrew Williamson Jim Byrne 13 53kg
12 1X37252X59 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan Ric McMahon 11 53kg
13 7X601065X1 ADEBISI Desleigh Forster Paul Hammersley 4 53kg
14 3X55026X11 HAVATRYST Barry Baldwin Scott Galloway (late alt) 1 53kg
15 32068X3046 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle Michael Hellyer 17 53kg
16 2250054465 SHEEDY Michael Jacobs Jason Taylor 15 53kg
17e 14189850X2 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Justin P Stanley 10 53kg


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