Chris Waller is ready for a big day at Eagle Farm on Saturday right through until the last on the Stradbroke Handicap Day card where Moriarty is favourite to win their second Brisbane Cup trophy.
One of 11 stayers making up the field for this year’s $300,000 Group 2 Croser Brisbane Cup (2400m), running as Race 9 at 4:20pm, six-year-old Moriarty is back defending their title having won the feature 12 months ago.
The Clodovil gelding came via an Eagle Farm Cup fourth last year before taking out the Brisbane feature with 58kg on their back from barrier 16.
This winter Moriarty enjoyed an earlier victory taking out the Group 2 at Eagle Farm over 2200m last Saturday and are now on the short back-up again.
They’ve drawn gate eight in the Brisbane Cup field this year and go up to the 59.5kg top weight but are still the top fancy at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.50 to finish the day on a high for Waller who saddles up genuine chances in all three of the day’s Group 1 races.
Hot on Moriarty’s heels in the Brisbane Cup betting markets paying $3.90 is then another last start winner, Zephyron, to be ridden from barrier 10 by Glen Boss.
Boss was aboard the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Zabeel gelding, who is likely to target the major staying races of the spring in both Sydney and Melbourne, last start at Doomben on May 24 for their Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) victory over Precedence.
Before that they were a Black-Type winner over 2000m at Rosehill having carried 54kg for both those races but going up to 55.5kg as they look to make it a hat-trick here.
It’s a pretty open Brisbane Cup market this year with another three runners also under double figures to take it out.
Occupying the third line of betting are two horses at a current quote of $5 with the Bart & James Cummings-trained veteran Precedence (barrier three) coming off a second in the Premier’s Cup and the Ciaron Maher-trained Mr O’Ceirin (barrier six).
Postponed gelding Mr O’Ceirin looked like having a big carnival when runner-up to Streama in the Hollindale on the Gold Coast before finishing a below par seventh to the same mare in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) two back.
He was back in form at Eagle Farm though when runner-up to Moriarty in the Cup last weekend, their run on Saturday to determine whether they stay on for more winter runs or go out for an extended break before a spring return.
“I would like to give him a longer break before starting his spring preparation,” Maher told The Daily Examiner.
“However I could have a rethink if we get some really wet weather as those conditions would be ideal for him.
“He could go on to the Tattersall’s Cup or Caloundra Cup after the Brisbane Cup but that will be determined by how he performs on Saturday.”
Finishing off the single figure fancies at $9.50 is then Savabeel mare Floria in the outside barrier (11) for Peter Moody coming off a third in the Eagle Farm Cup when beaten two and a quarter lengths on the back of her Doomben Cup sixth.
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