2015 Takeover Target Stakes Field & Odds

January 8th, 2015

12 sprinters will line-up in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford Racecourse on Friday afternoon, offering punters a variety of betting options.

Joseph Pride's Ball Of Muscle is the firm favourite in the Takeover Target Stakes betting.

Joseph Pride’s Ball Of Muscle is the firm favourite in the Takeover Target Stakes betting. Photo by Steve Hart.

One fourth of the field is offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by firm favourite Ball Of Muscle at $2.50.

The four-year-old gelding is one of three runners saddled by trainer Joseph Pride and is due to jump from barrier five with Glyn Schofield to ride.

Ball Of Muscle has impressively won six of his nine career starts and placed in the other three. His biggest successes were in the Ranvet Sprint (1000m) and Tab Rewards Plate (1000m) ealier this campaign and the gelding made his black-type race debut in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1200m) on December 27, finishing just a head behind winner Barbed in second place.

Pride’s other runners include Casual Choice ($13) and Earnest Ernest ($61).

John O’Shea will also saddle three horses in the 2015 Takeover Target Stakes for racing magnate Godolphin – Barbed ($4.40), Haussmann ($13), and Miniature ($8.50).

While Barbed beat Ball Of Muscle last time out in the Canterbury Classic, the gelding is behind the gelding in the betting after drawing wide in barrier 11.

Haussmann has scored the inside jump from barrier one while Miniature will start from gate ten with Sam Clipperton to ride.

Haussmann won the Schweppes Handicap (1300m) last time out, half a length ahead of Champagne Cath, while Miniature ran midfield in the Canterbury Classic.

Top weighter Howmuchdoyouloveme will carry 59kg in the 2015 Takeover Target Stakes, which is up to five kilograms more than the majority of his rivals, but will get a good start from barrier two. Punters have lost faith in the gelding after he ran last in the Listed Razor Sharp (1200m) last time out so he is an outside chance at $26.

Check out the complete Takeover Target Stakes field below and head on over to Ladbrokes.com.au for the live betting market.

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2015 Takeover Target Stakes Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x2056x79x6 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Con Karakatsanis Brenton Avdulla 2 59kg 103
2 43394×1278 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg 98
3 1x5734177x TERRITORY Jarrod Austin Tye Angland 8 56kg 97
4 73389x34x1 BARBED John O’Shea Blake Shinn 11 55kg 95
5 1x1131x112 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 5 54kg 93
6 1221×25937 CRADLE ME David Pfieffer Christian Reith 4 54kg 93
7 21325×0671 HAUSSMANN John O’Shea Tommy Berry 1 54kg 93
8 x21668283x MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Nathan Thomas 9 54kg 91
9 64124×0534 CASUAL CHOICE Joseph Pride Jason Collett 6 54kg 88
10 121x362x25 MINIATURE John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 10 54kg 85
11 42034384×5 EARNEST ERNEST (NZ) Joseph Pride Kerrin McEvoy 7 54kg 80
12 08192159×8 YOUTHFUL KING Jeremy Sylvester Ms Kathy O’Hara 12 54kg 73