Barry Mitchell’s last start Caloundra Cup champ Brayroan is narrowly winning the betting battle in the 2014 Queensland Cup odds ahead of the Eagle Farm feature at their home track this weekend.
The Zabeel seven-year-old pays $4 to go back-to-back and win the $150,000 Listed bmag Queensland Cup (3200m) on Saturday following a Sunshine Coast victory over 2400m last weekend.
There they jumped a $16 outsider and flashed home to beat Brave Ali by three lengths in the Listed Caloundra Cup, an effort they’ll be out to repeat when they go up to the two miles in what could be their final Queensland run.
Jockey Chris Munce, whose father-in-law Mitchell trains Brayroan, has indicated a possible move to the Sydney and Melbourne staying races including even the Victorian jumps could be on the cards for the horse next prep.
Hot on Brayroan’s heels in Queensland Cup betting at $4.40 then is Astro Avalanche in barrier one with Ryan Wiggins riding on the 54kg minimum.
The Sydney stayer from Sam Kavanagh’s stables turned the Stayers Cup (3200m) at Randwick on June 7 into a truly exciting affair with Taylor Marshall taking them out nearly 150m in front before Destiny’s Kiss came home late to win by half a length.
They’ll be turning the Queensland Cup into the same genuine staying test then with Wiggins to be given the same go forward instructions.
There are then three other single figure chances in the current Caloundra Cup odds including $6 third pick Pop ‘N’ Scotch in gate seven.
John Thompson’s promising young three-year-old has won two of their past three starts and come off a 2200m Gold Coat win from June 14.
Before that the Husson gelding was 10th, albeit beaten under five lengths, in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).
The other two under $10 to win are then Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) winner from June 21 The Inventor ($8.50) who is also nominated for next Thursday’s Grafton Cup and Stayers Cup fourth placegetter Wazn ($9.50) formerly with Chris Waller but now prepared at Gosford by Tony Newing.
Other notable Queensland Cup hopes at more generous odds then include Jim Byrne’s mount Iggi Pop ($14), the Brian Smith-trained nine-year-old Raeburn ($15), Bryce Heys’ in-form stayer Major Major ($15), Eight’s A Party ($15) and even 58kg top weight Military Move ($17) who won the Toowoomba Cup two back.
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