Ri­vals fear favourite

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

ODDS-ON SPE­CIAL: Blamey Stakes run­ner Whobe­go­tyou comes out of the pool RI­VAL train­ers fear odds-on favourite Whobe­go­tyou will be too classy for their horses as he shoots for his first F l e m i n g t o n w i n i n t h e Blamey Stakes.

Mick Price dodged to­day’s Group One Aus­tralian Cup ( 2000m) with Space­craft to run him in the Group Two Blamey.

But he doesn’t think the Galileo four-year-old is up to beat­ing Whobe­go­tyou who is be­ing pre­pared for an­other crack at the $ 2 mil­lion Group O n e D o n c a s t e r M i l e a t Rand­wick on April 16, a race in which he ran third as a three-year-old in 2009.

‘‘ Whobe­go­tyou is a moral,’’ said Price, who at the same time is happy with Space­craft who is com­ing off a third to sta­ble­mate and Aus­tralian C u p f a v o u r i t e He a r t O f Dreams in the Group Two St Ge­orge Stakes ( 1800m) at Caulfield.

‘‘ He ( Space­craft) is go­ing very well. It’s a suit­able race and he gets his chance’’.

Peter Moody will sad­dle up Doubt­ful Jack in the 1600m set weights plus penal­ties event.

‘ ‘ He’ s f o ur f o r f o ur a t Flem­ing­ton. He loves the big track there and he’ll race on or about the speed,’’ Moody said.

‘‘ It looked a per­fect race un­til we saw who the ( equal) top­weight was.

‘‘ Whobe­go­tyou is the class horse. He’s prob­a­bly the only gen­uine Group One horse in the race and with even luck it’s hard to see him be­ing beaten.’’

The David Hayes-trained Ex­tra Zero has been un­placed in his nine out­ings since win­ning the Group Two Au­tumn Clas­sic ( 1800m) more than a year ago.

‘‘ He has been set for this race and I’m sure he’ll run well,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘ But I didn’t ex­pect him to run into Whobe­go­tyou.’’

Trainer Mark Ka­vanagh is v e r y h a p p y w i t h Whobe­go­tyou who re­sumed af­ter his Cox Plate plac­ing last spring with a clos­ing sec­ond to More Joy­ous in the Fu­tu­rity Stakes ( 1400m) at Caulfield.

‘‘ It looks a nice race for him. There’s no More Joy­ous there,’’ Ka­vanagh said.

‘‘ It’s three weeks un­til he goes to Syd­ney so that’s a nice race for him. It’s a lot weaker race than what he’s been in for a long time.’’

The Street Cry five-year-old has raced at Flem­ing­ton just twice and was run­ner-up both times, in the 2008 Vic­to­ria D e r b y ( 2 5 0 0 m) t o R e b e l Raider and in a 1400m Listed race to Rock­pecker at this meet­ing two years ago.

Ka­vanagh pl ans t o r un Whobe­go­tyou in the Group One Ge­orge Ry­der Stakes ( 1500m) at Rose­hill on April 2 lead­ing into the Don­caster.

Whobe­go­tyou is $ 1.70 favourite with TAB Sports­bet ahead of Dao Dao at $ 5.

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