Trainer Rod Northam concedes that stable star Big Money faces a big task in overcoming classy colt Capitalist, when he lines up for the 2016 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Veteran sprinter Big Money has returned to racing in typically brave and competitive form this time and will carry great condition into the 2016 Missile Stakes after finishing an agonizingly-close second in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) last time out on July 13th.
Northam remains thrilled with the Choisir gelding’s condition, but believes that Capitalist is the horse to beat in the 2016 Missile Stakes this weekend.
“He’s come through the race really well,” Northam told AAP.
“He went to the paddock straight after it for three or four days and then the rain came so I brought him in.
“He (Capitalist) looked super race-fit in both trials but the 1200 metres first-up could make him a little bit vulnerable – and that’s all I can find to make him look vulnerable.”
Northam is yet to confirm a specific Spring Carnival target for Big Money, but revealed the horse will likely progress to an appearance in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on August 20th, following his run in the Missile Stakes.
“We’ll give him this run and see how he pulls up,” he said.
“He’ll have a couple of runs, then we’ll give him a break and bring him back before for the end of spring or summer in Melbourne.”
Big Money has been a standout performer for Northam throughout his entire racing career; posting ten wins and a further seven minors through twenty-six starts since debuting in the winter of 2013.
Resuming in January for third in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), Big Money returned to winning form in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) before a luckless performance for tenth in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m).
Resuming from a freshen-up for sixth in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 21st, Big Money failed to make anything of an impact in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Ramornie Handicap.
Big Money is currently available at early 2016 Missile Stakes odds of $6 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.