A quality field of nine horses will line up to contest the Group 2 2012 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) which stands as a final lead-up event to next weekend’s Brisbane Cup.
Current bookmaker.com.au favourite is the in-form Peter Moody-trained mare Lights Of Heaven ($2.00) who went within a head of winning the Group 1 Doomben Cup two weeks ago.
Just behind the race favourite in the betting is highly-rated New Zealand mare Shez Sinsational who is currently being offered at $4.40.
Following the top pair is two-time Doomben Cup winner Scenic Shot ($6.00) and Tim Martin-trained mare Fibrillation who impressed at the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Not sure who to back in this exciting stayers’ race? Keep reading for the best selections from the Races.com.au team who have been pouring over the form to bring you our best race tips.
#8 Lights Of Heaven $2.00
Too hard to look past the favourite here who seems to be peaking just at the right time.
She was beaten by a bob of the head in the Hollindale Stakes and again went close in the Doomben Cup and we think it is her time to take top honours.
Moody’s stable jockey Luke Nolen knows how to ride her and the weather is of no concern as she produced a brilliant run in the Hollindale Stakes despite a heavy (8) track.
Diatribe mare Fibrillation ran fifth in the Doomben Cup in what was her first hit-out of the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
She arrived in Brisbane on the back of excellent Sydney form including wins in the Aspiration Quality and Epona Stakes and a close second in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes.
The track is currently rated as slow at Eagle Farm and is only expected to get worse by race jump which will suit the four-year-old who has won twice from three wet-track starts.
Experienced gelding Ginga Dude has won at the distance before and comes into the race with excellent lead-up form.
He was terrifc first-up in the Listed Members’ Quality Handicap and then produced a solid showing to finish third in the Lord Mayor’s Cup.
The wet conditions won’t worry this old stager who has won plenty of times on slow and heavy tracks.
#2 Triple Honour $17.00
Many think the veteran gelding is past it but if he can get somewhere near his best he will cause the top chances some serious bother.
The Robert Heathcote-trained seven-year-old is a former Doncaster Winner and won the Eagle Farm Cup two years ago.
Drawn well in barrier three and if he gets a bit of luck could again show the form of his better years.
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