Rod Northam concedes stable star Big Money has not won a race for a while, but is confident the horse is primed for a big performance amongst classy company in Saturday’s featured 2016 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.
Big Money has posted a commendable nine wins and five minors through only twenty career starts but has not found the line in the clear of his opponents since saluting in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben in late 2014.
Northam told AAP he has been thrilled with the condition of the Choisir gelding since his first-up run for third in the Summer Sprint (1000m) at Randwick on January 16th and is confident he can be right in the finish of the 2016 Expressway Stakes.
“There are question marks over a few of them and probably a question mark over my horse as well because he hasn’t won a race in a little while,” Northam said.
“The plan was to give him a trial and a gallop between races and originally I was going to run him first-up in the Expressway.
“But I thought he could have gone into the race a bit underdone first-up so I was happy enough to give him a run, a hard hit-out, and he should be fit enough to run a good race.
“I’m expecting him to run pretty well.
“He’s never won a race in Sydney and I’ve got a few horses like that.
“They win in Brisbane but not in Sydney. I like my horses to relax and hit the line and on-speed horses seem to win the races in Sydney.”
Big Money returned to racing in 2015 for ninth in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) in April; progressing to a competitive Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign that heralded a credible sixth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) and seventh in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) most notably.
Big Money will leave from the ideal barrier 2 in the Expressway Stakes with regular hoop Robert Thompson aboard and is currently available generous odds of $12 for success or $3 to finish in the first three with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.