Moondyne Joe To Sprint Home For In-Form Stable
The stable of Karl Burke is having a tremendous time of it with their juveniles this season including the Newmarket Listed winner Katie’s Diamond who now runs in the colours of Qatar Racing and is as short as 20-1 with Coral for next season’s Qipco 1000 Guineas. Successful with Wayward Hoof at Haydock on Friday afternoon, just about every two-year-old sent out by Burke at the moment is running well and in Moondyne Joe they can enjoy a rare big pay day at Newbury on Saturday afternoon by taking the £250k Weatherbys Super Sprint at 3.45.
The winner of a Carlisle maiden race on his only start to date may not jump out as form good enough to win a contest as competitive as this twenty five runner affair run over the minimum trip, but the son of Bushranger, winner of two Group 1’s as a juvenile in 2008 including the Middle Park Stakes, and out of a Royal Applause mare, the mount of Andrew Mullen looks all about speed and with so much talent to work with at home the stable must be confident of a big run from their only entry, especially from what could turn out to be a decent draw from stall 2.
In a race with so many unexposed runners there are plenty of potential dangers but with the weights being determined by each horse’s purchase price it is the Tim Easterby-trained Excessable who is feared most off an attractive 8st 3lb. The Sakhee’s Secret colt landed a gamble to win impressively on his debut at Ripon and followed that up by failing to give lumps of weight to Lydia’s Place at Beverley, form which received a boost when that horse went on to win a York nursery off a big weight.
With bookmakers taking no chances about the mount of Duran Fentiman, offering no bigger than 7-2, the 16-1 ( four places ) quoted by Paddy Power about Moondyne Joe looks the value bet in a race where the finish could be fought out by those coming out of single-figure stalls.
1 Point each-way Moondyne Joe 16-1 Paddy Power (4 places)