Three-year-old fillies hit centre stage for tomorrow’s feature event at Eagle Farm which is the Group 1 $400,000 2012 Queensland Oaks (2400m).
The betting market suggests it is will be a close contest with New Zealand pair Quintessential ($5.00) and Miss Artistic ($5.50) the current favourites.
Just behind them in the market is the in-form Scorpio Queen ($6.50) while Gerald Ryan-trained Angel Of Mercy and New Zealand-bred filly Dowager Queen are both at $8.00.
Slightly further back in the betting is fellow New Zealand filly Poste Restante ($11.00) while Schweppes Oaks winner Invest has been ignored at $12.00 after drawing barrier 22.
One thing that could cause concern for some of the hopefuls is a wet track as there has been some rain in Brisbane over the past couple of days with more predicted for tomorrow.
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#11 Poste Restante $11.00
This horse has flown under the radar a bit with other New Zealand horses receiving much more hype but she has shown enough to suggest she could be a double figure winner.
The Howard Matthews-trained filly has not finished worse than fourth in her last four starts and has been particularly impressive in her last two.
She finished second to the highly-rated Malandrino in the Manawatu Classic before coming to Australia and finishing just a neck behind Queensland Derby favourite Brambles when third in the Rough Habit Plate.
In the 2000-metre Rough Habit she hit the line hard which suggests she will improve as the distance increases to 2400 metres this weekend.
The major query over this filly is her unproven wet-track form as her only runs on slow or heavy tracks came over 1200 metres as a two-year-old.
This New Zealand pair arrived at the Brisbane Winter Carnival with plenty of hype about them and for good reason.
John Sargent-trained Quintessential arrived here on the back of a New Zealand Oaks third placing and has produced two solid runs to finish fourth in the Gunsynd Classic and The Roses.
She ran terificially in both her Australian soil starts despite wide barrier draws but will be able to run a lot closer to the fence this weekend after drawing the inside.
New Zealand Oaks winner Miss Artistic is a consistent filly who has won at the distance, boasting a record of four wins and two place-finishes from 13 starts.
From two runs on Australian soil she has signalled her potential by finishing fourth in the Gold Coast Bracelet and a close second in The Roses.
#16 Rock Hit $31.00
Stepping up in class here but this Peter Moody-trained filly has shown plenty of potential leading up to her first Group level race.
From seven starts, the daughter of Fastnet Rock has won twice and placed four times and is fresh off a dominant seven-length win over 2000 metres at Toowoomba two weeks ago.
It is always difficult to tell how a horse will handle the step up in class but this filly has the pedigree and form on the board to be a success.
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