One of the five black type features on the Doomben race card this Saturday is the 2013 Brisbane Handicap where the Rob Heathcote-trained Fillydelphia and market mover Black Cash are battling for favouritism.
Running as the sixth race in Brisbane the $80,000 Listed Pages Event Equipment Brisbane Handicap (1600m) is due to jump at 3:40pm (local).
The field is down to 11 starters following the early scratching of the Sam Kavanagh-trained Absalon.
Last start winner of the Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m) at the track, Absalon will instead race in Sydney this Saturday stepping up to Group 2 company for a shot at the Villiers Stakes 2013.
Of those remaining in the mix the narrow early favourite is six-year-old Bianconi mare Fillydelphia ($3.60).
She also ran in the Recognition Stakes on November 30 and did a great job carrying 58kg to run second to Absalon in the mud.
Before that she won over 1400m at Eagle Farm by three and a half lengths, the former Group 3 winner looking to keep the good form going on Saturday when she again carries 58kg as the Brisbane Handicap top weight.
Hot on the tough mare’s heels in Brisbane Handicap betting at a firming price of $3.70 is then Black Cash in gate six.
Kelly Doughty’s Show A Heart grey has won three of their five runs this time in including back-to-back Brisbane runs at the start of their prep.
Their most notable effort though was at Flemington during November’s Melbourne Cup Carnival when they narrowly held off Members Joy to win the Subzero Challenge (1400m).
Their last start though was a sixth in the Recognition Stakes where they failed to handle the wet track with connections hoping the Friday storms in Brisbane don’t affect the ground too much for the weekend.
The other single figure chances in the mix are then the Kelso Wood-trained Someday ($4.20) set to get a gun run from gate two with Chris Munce riding and Hora Sexta ($9).
Drawn one wider in barrier three Paul Robbins’ Murwillumbah-trained Lonhro four-year-old Hora Sexta gets in on 54kg and has an ultra-consistent record with five wins from 12 starts.
They have won their last two in Brisbane during November and come off an Eagle Farm effort over 1400m over Jack’s Back.
Also not without their claims are the likes of the Brian Smith-trained Billy Aucash ($14) out to atone for a last start seventh, rising 10-year-old Pepperwood ($17) whose latest run was in the Coffs Harbour Cup in the winter and fellow veteran in eight-year-old Danagaze ($17) on the rails.
The complete Brisbane Handicap 2013 odds are detailed below, fixed win prices courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.
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