Big Weight For Big Money

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He's building an impressive record, but Scone sprinter Big Money faces a tough task in the listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Trained by Rodney Northam in the Hunter Valley, the five-year-old chestnut has a fantastic CV, which includes eight wins and four seconds from 14 starts, with almost $480,000 in stakes.

The son of Choisir was dominant in his last start a fortnight ago, winning the George Moore (1200m) by 1.3 lengths. On that occasion, the gelding carried 57.5kg (the biggest impost thus far in his career), and on Saturday he'll have to lump 59.5kg. Another concern is that the 2014 Ramornie Handicap winner has never raced at further than 1200m, a distance which has produced three of his eight victories.

A number of the horses he beat in the George Moore will oppose him again, but this time they're better off at the weights. Runner-up Someday has a 1.5kg swing, while third-placed Cape Kidnappers , fourth home Into The Red and fifth-placed Riva De Lago have a an extra 2kg advantage. While question marks surround Cape Kidnappers over the longer journey, Riva De Lago has won up to 1400m and Someday has stretched out successfully to 1600m.

Racing through the grades, Tony Gollan's promising four-year-old Whiskey Allround provides the x-factor, even though this is a huge jump in class. 

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Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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