If the market is anything to go by, Saturday’s Group 1 2012 Queensland Derby (2400m) is set to be a close encounter with the four top chances all falling under $7.00.
In-form Peter Snowden-trained gelding Brambles currently holds bookmaker.com.au favouritism at $3.40 after impressing so far in his Brisbane winter campaign.
The Savabeel four-year-old won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate in early May before taking out the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes by 3 ½ lengths last start.
Second on that day was stablemate and Queensland Derby second favourite Vatuvei ($4.80) but both have to overcome poor barrier draws in Saturday’s three-year-old feature event.
Vatuvei has received the “visitor’s draw” in barrier 19 while Brambles will also have plenty of work to do from barrier 13.
Third favourite Zabeelionaire ($5.50) arrived safely in Brisbane on Monday and will be chasing a third consecutive victory this weekend.
The Leon Corstens-trained colt won the Eastern Bridge Plate at Caulfield in late April before taking out the Group 1 South Australian Derby in early May.
Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential is the other runner to come under $10.00 and is being offered at $6.50 to complete the three-year-old Brisbane double.
Backing up just seven days after her impressive win in tough conditions will be no easy task for the John Sargent-trained filly who has drawn barrier 21.
Robert Smerdon-trained gelding Westsouthwest ($15.00) ran third in the South Australian Derby and picked up where he left off last weekend when winning a three-year-old event at Sandown.
Another horse with a short turnaround is New Zealand filly Poste Restante ($16.00) who finished eighth in the Queensland Oaks after leading for the majority of the race.
It is expected she will be ridden more quietly this weekend when leading jockey Chris Munce returns to the saddle after riding her to a third-place effort in the Rough Habit Plate.
Other horses set to line up in the Queensland Derby include highly-rated Chris Waller-trained colt Lucripetous ($16.00), New Zealand gelding Red Shift ($21.00) and Gai Waterhouse-trained Tohunga ($21.00).
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