Two New Zealand-bred runners head a nine-horse field for Saturday’s Group 2 $250,000 2012 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) that stands as a final lead-up race for Saturday week’s Brisbane Cup.
Fresh off a second-place effort in the Group 1 Doomben Cup, Peter Moody-trained mare Lights Of Heaven gets a chance to go one better after finishing runner-up in his last two starts.
Beating him the first time was Allan Sharrock-trained Shez Sinsational who gets a chance to bounce back after a Doomben Cup seventh following an unfavourable barrier draw.
The Ekraar four-year-old has nine wins from 22 starts and arrived for the Brisbane Winter Carnival with plenty of form behind her including wins in the Group 1 Darci Brahma Stakes and Auckland Cup.
She is no stranger to Eagle Farm and returns to the track where she placed in both the Group 1 Queensland Oaks and Queensland Derby last year.
Experienced gelding Ginga Dude also heads into Saturday’s stayers’ event in solid form after winning a winter carnival lead-up at Eagle Farm before taking top honours in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup.
The Graeme Boyd-trained eight-year-old has had a longest run of 1600 metres this year but the distance will be no problem as he has won at 2200 metres before.
Two-time Doomben Cup winner Scenic Shot produced his usual consistent performance when fourth in the 2012 Doomben Cup and is in a great position to build on the promising performance.
Also set to line up is Tim Martin-trained mare Fibrillation who had a stunning Sydney Carnival before running fifth in the Doomben Cup.
The daughter of Diatribe won the Aspiration Quality and the Epona Stakes back to back before running a close second to Skyerush in the Emancipation Stakes.
Other horses set to line up in the Eagle Farm Cup include 2010 winner Triple Honour and Chairman’s Handicap third place-getter Warrior Within.
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Eagle Farm Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||313X800354||SCENIC SHOT||Daniel Morton||TBA||7||59kg||111|
|2||6X67X42276||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||3||59kg||105|
|3||X613566X13||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||Jason Taylor||1||59kg||106|
|4||5955082448||BOOMING (NZ)||Jeff Lynds||Hugh Bowman||6||59kg||103|
|6||10X0635930||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||2||59kg||92|
|7||5210131117||SHEZ SINSATIONAL (NZ)||Allan Sharrock||James McDonald||4||57kg||109|
|8||X25930X722||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8||57kg||106|
|9||X3579X1125||FIBRILLATION||Tim Martin||Michael Rodd||5||57kg||101|