Too Good To Refuse on the minimum for the George Moore Stakes

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The Desleigh Forster trained Too Good To Refuse will carry the minimum weight of 54kg when he lines in the Group 3 $200,000 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Too Good To Refuse, above, is on the minimum for the George Moore Stakes at Eagle Farm. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Too Good To Refuse, above, is on the minimum for the George Moore Stakes at Eagle Farm. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Forster was worried that the handicapper would penalise Too Good To Refuse after the four year old carried the same weight to win the Listed $100,000 Keith Noud Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm on November 19.

“It was a very good win but it depends on the handicapper whether he starts in the George Moore,” Forster said after the Keith Noud Quality win.

“If he gets too much weight I won’t start him.”

Forster was originally thinking to keep Too Good To Refuse for a Melbourne Autumn Carnival campaign but decided to stay home for the Summer and the move has already paid some handsome dividends.

“We thought about sending him to Melbourne in the autumn but we decided to concentrate on the summer here and then maybe look at the winter carnival next year,” Forster said.

The Kelly Schweida trained Miss Cover Girl has an impeccable first up record of three wins and three placings from six attempts and will be having her first start this campaign in the George Moore Stakes since winning the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Club Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 25 during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

The George Moore Stakes has attracted plenty of interstate interest with Peter and Paul Snowden nominating smart sprinter That’s A Good Idea, Joe Pride entering Kuro, Bjorn Baker has Coolring, Gerald Ryan could bring Bachman and Inz’N’Out and Rodney Northam has Big Money heading the weights at 59.5kg.

That’s A Good Idea hasn’t won a race since taking out an 1100m Handicap at Randwick in May but put in a good trial recently when second to Group 1 winner Rebel Dane over 1000m at Rosehill on November 22 while Big Money is first up since running fifth to Tycoon Tara in the Group 2 $175,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 6.

Matthew Dunn has entered Perfect Dare for the George Moore Stakes and the Murwillumbah based trainer has covered plenty of territory over the last couple of weeks for winners at Doomben, Rosehill and Lismore.

Perfect Dare will find the opposition harder in the George Moore Stakes after scoring second up in a 2MW Handicap at Eagle Farm on November 19.

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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