Queensland miler Sir Moments continues to hold onto favouritism for the Group 2 $175,000 Inglis Villiers (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
After opening as the $5.50 equal favourite with the Chris Waller trained Strawberry Boy, Sir Moments has firmed overnight to be at the head of the market order at $4.80 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Sir Moments was beaten less than two lengths when fifth to I’m Imposing in the Listed $100,000 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on November 29 and Eagle Farm trainer Steven O’Dea has been pleased with the four year old’s progress since.
I am really happy with the way that he has pulled up from the run,” O’Dea told Sky Racing HQ.
“He has done well in the week and a half since and his work has been very good.
“I am very happy with him and really looking forward to getting him to the big track at Randwick.”
Premiership winning jockey Tim Bell had to go back near the tail of the field in the Festival Stakes after drawing near the outside and he will be facing the same problem in the Villiers after barrier fourteen in the fifteen horse field.
Strawberry Boy has eased a point overnight and shares the second line of betting with Estonian Princess at $6.50.
A little bit of support for the Peter And Paul Snowden trained Rose Of Choice and Gold Coast four year old Rudy has seen the pair firm from $7.50 to $7 with the Waller trained I’m Imposing now marked at $10 after opening at $9.
Waller’s third runner Multilateral has also come in from for some overnight support and has firmed in from $26 to $21.
Victorian visitor General Groove has remained steady at $15 while topweight Monton has drifted dramatically and is now marked at $34 after opening at $21.
Sir Moments showed his class during the Brisbane Winter Carnival with a late charging finish to narrowly win the Group 2 $350,000 Sky Racing Queensland Guineas (1400m) at Eagle Farm and then followed that up with a similar win in the Listed $125,000 Best Security Daybreak Lover (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7.