The Chris Munce trained Snoopy has the ingredients to turn around an unlucky last start defeat when he steps out in the Listed $150,000 Night Owl Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.
At his first run for Munce, Snoopy was held up badly for a run in the straight when beaten a nose and a nose for a third behind Monsieur Gustave and Calanda in the Group 3 $200,000 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 2.
Snoopy, with Ron Stewart in the saddle again, will be able to get the run of the race from barrier three in the twelve horse field and will meet Monsieur Gustave 1.5kg better at the weights following his unlucky last start third.
“You wouldn’t believe it. In fact I still can’t believe it,” Munce told AAP.
“He has won four times around 1300 metres so the distance is no worry and he has missed a place only once in four tries second-up, Also we are still down on the minimum.”
“To win the Lough Neagh would ease the pain of the George Moore.”
Sunshine Coast trainer Darryl Hansen has stuck with apprentice Tiffani Brooker for Monsieur Gustave who has barrier nine with 59.5kg on his back.
Snoopy had recorded six wins from twenty starts for the Hawkes Racing Team before joining Munce’s Eagle Farm complex and a win on Saturday in the Lough Neagh Stakes would get a good early return for the stable.
Bookmakers at Ladbrokes.com.au have Snoopy as the firming $4 favourite for the Lough Neagh Stakes ahead of Monsieur Gustave at $4.80.
The Tony Gollan trained Most Important and Robert Heathcote’s Privlaka share the next line of betting at $6.50 ahead of Toowoomba sprinter Ruettiger at $9.50 and Siegfried and Torgersen at $11.