Scone trainer Rodney Northam hopes a favourable barrier draw can offset top weight billing as Big Money strives for a second George Moore Stakes victory in three years.
The seven-year-old chestnut gelding won the same 1200 metre race in 2014 and will line up for another shot at the $200,000 group 3 title at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
This time around Big Money will carry 59.5 kilograms but start the journey from gate six, which Northam said gives Cessnock jockey Robert Thompson plenty of options despite the heavy handicap.
“He’s got a bit more weight and he’s a bit older now, but he’s going really well so we’ll try again and hopefully get a bit of luck,” Northam said.
“If there’s a bit of speed he can sit midfield or a bit worse and then hopefully find the line. We’ve drawn barrier six which is perfect, because it gives Robert lots of options.”
Big Money trialled well at Gosford on November 11 following a 14-week spell and finished second in the Ramornie at Grafton on July 13. His last win was at Randwick on on February 13.
Friday’s TAB tote had Big Money paying $5.50 for the win and $1.50 for the place.
Northam also has Don’t Doubt Her in the last at the Brisbane track on Saturday, contesting a $100,000 listed affair over the same 1200m distance.
Elsewhere, Newcastle-trained Brook Road and Newcastle-owned Supreme Effort will go head-to-head at Rosehill on Saturday in the $125,000 listed Starlight Stakes (1100m).