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Nemrud early favourite in capacity Geelong Classic field

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The John O‘Shea trained Nemrud has been installed the early favourite for the Listed $120,000 Emsley Lodge Geelong Classic (2200m) at Geelong on Wednesday.

James McDonald, above, will ride Nemrud in the Geelong Classic at Geelong. Photo by Daniel Costello.

James McDonald, above, will ride Nemrud in the Geelong Classic at Geelong. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Sixteen three year olds plus four emergencies made up the final field for the Geelong Classic at acceptance time today with Nemrud coming up with a good barrier draw at five.

James McDonald hops back on Nemrud who sits at the top of the Geelong Classic market order at $3.60 with Ladbrokes.com.au after a last start second to Moqueen in the Listed $125,000 Dulcify Quality (1600m) at Randwick on October 1.

While the Reset colt is yet to visit the winner’s stall, $4 second favourite Theanswermyfriend heads to Geelong as a last start winner in a 1600m three year old BenchMark 78 Handicap at Caulfield on October 12.

The Robert Smerdon trained Theanswermyfriend has drawn nicely at barrier four and will be ridden by the in-form jockey Dwayne Dunn.

On the third line of betting at $5.50 is the Adelaide trained filly Pretty Punk who has drawn barrier seven and will be ridden by Caulfield Cup winning jockey Nick Hall.

The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas trained Pretty Punk is racing in fine form with two wins from her last two starts in a 1400m Maiden at Morphettville Park on September 16 followed by a win in the Listed $100,000 Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville on October 8.

The Chris Waller trained Tumultuous is the only other runner under double figures at $8 and was out of luck in the barrier draw, coming up with gate fifteen in the original draw with three of the emergencies drawn inside of him.

Hugh Bowman is back in the saddle replacing Tye Angland who rode the Fastnet Rock colt at his last two starts for a fifth in the Group 3 $200,000 Schweppes Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill on September 24 followed by a sixth in the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 8.

Market order for the Geelong Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.60 Nemrud, $4 Theanswermyfriend, $5.50 Pretty Punk, $8 Tumultuous, $13 Back To The Bowler, $17 Zoffman, $19 All Out Of Love, $20 Anaheim, Hollywood Mo, $21 Resort, $31 Pablo’s Express, $41 Captain Duffy, Evelyn, $61 Jamieson, Shine Tak Star, $67 Dornier, $101 Mr Aloof, $126 Stately Boy, Kalalo, $201 Crypto Peer Rocks.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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